Shock after crash bridge found to be supported by wooden blocks

11-12-2008

Czech police are reportedly claiming that a bridge that collapsed in August, leading to a train crash that killed seven people, was supported by wooden beams. The allegations underscore a growing police case, which suggests that the bridge, which over-hanged a railway line near the city of Moravia, had fundamental structural defects. The bridge collapsed onto the line, and a passing Eurocity train then crashed into the debris, causing the worst train crash in the Czech Republic for years. The bridge was undergoing reconstruction at the time, and investigators claim that newly analysed photographs of the 400 ton structure reveal that it was resting on inadequate wooden blocks at the time of the accident. However, as investigations continue, no formal conclusions have yet been reached.