Saudi bridge unexpectedly collapses prior to demolition

Saudi bridge unexpectedly collapses prior to demolition
The structure was being demolished to make way for a Haramain Railway line bridge
Published: 12 June 2013 - 7 a.m.
By: CW Staff

A bridge marked for demolition to accommodate the Al-Haramain train line in Saudi Arabia has unexpectedly collapsed during work to dismantle it.

The Tahlia Bridge, on the intersection of Al-Haramain Road and Prince Muhammad Bin Abdul Aziz Road, fell to the ground as workers prepared for its removal.

Director of transport administration in Jeddah, Mohammad bin Tawfiq Madani, told Arab News that reports on social networking sites of workers being injured during the unplanned collapse of the structure were untrue.

Following the incident, social media websites carried rumours of a driver’s death due to video footage showing the falling of heavy machinery, which Madani also denied.

The official added that the bridge appears to have caved in when the pressure cables surrounding the cement body of the structure were dismantled.

The Ministry of Transport had given its permission for the removal of the bridge. A new 114-metre bridge with four lanes will be built. The projected is expected to be completed before the end of the year.


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