Play media ABC report on the collapse. Two years into construction of the bridge, at Thirty-five construction workers were killed and 18 injured, making it Australia's worst industrial accident.
The aftermath Almost as soon as he put the phone down, Gerit Hardenberg heard the low rumbling sound coming across the river. It grew, like the side of a mountain falling on top of him, and then faded into silence. What Gerit Hardenberg could not hear was the eerie pinging noise that came from the flakes of rust peeling off weathered steel or the jarring screech of metal moving slowly across metal.
The whole 2,ton mass plummeted into the Yarra mud with an explosion of gas, dust and mangled metal that shook buildings hundreds of yards away. Homes were spattered with flying mud. The roar of the impact, the explosion and the fire that followed could be heard more than two miles away.
But by the time men, who had been hurled into the river below, had surfaced from the depths all they could hear was the clanging of loose metal and the crackle of the fire. As they clawed their muddy, oil-soaked bodies out of the river those who could walk or talk began searching and calling out for their mates.
The huge span lay like a broken and beached battleship beside them and, as they heard the first shrill sounds of the sirens, they knew it was time to comfort the injured and count the dead.The list that follows describes a few of the many possible causes of bridge collapse: Previously unimagined effects of natural forces, such as the force of the Loma Prieta earthquake that caused the partial collapse of one segment of the traffic lane on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
The West Gate Bridge in Melbourne, Australia. Almost as soon as he put the phone down, Gerit Hardenberg heard the low rumbling sound coming across the river. It grew, like the side of a mountain falling on top of him, and then faded into silence.
Rare photographs of the West Gate Bridge construction are now available to the public after VicRoads handed the images over to the state archives.
The West Gate Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia which spanned over the Yarra River north of Port Phillip and is an important link to the inner city. Investigation For the most part, the investigation was mostly interviewing survivors and explaining what happened.
Sep 06, · An actual telerecording of the 7pm ABC news Oct 15 the day the Westgate Bridge collapsed in Melbourne. This report goes into detail the collapse of the Westgate Bridge, located in Melbourne, Australia. What was meant to be a bridge that joined two sides of the city of Melbourne, lead to Australia’s worst workplace disaster in history, with a death toll of