Footbridge expertise under scrutiny following accident

Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová has ordered an assessment of the latest expertise into the footbridge across the Vltava River which collapsed on Saturday injuring four people, two seriously.

The expert assessment reporting on the state of the bridge is just three weeks old and contained no warning that the bridge could present a public hazard. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

It is believed that the footbridge, which was thirty years old, was damaged by corrosion. Emergency crews have been working to clear the debris. The remains of the bridge are unstable and will have to be torn down.

Until a new bridge has been constructed a ferry will serve passengers needing to cross from Císařský Island to Troja.