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Sun Aug 31 04:18:33 SAST 2014

Thieves cause Durban bridge to collapse

Sapa | 26 June, 2012 14:01
Umgeni River in Durban
Image by: Google Maps

Stolen metal shackles caused the collapse of the pedestrian portion of a bridge over Durban's Umgeni River according to a news report.

The Daily News Reported that the Ethekwini municipality's road systems deputy head Carlos Esteves said the thieves somehow managed to get under the bridge, which is several metres above the river, and steal the stainless steel metal shackles.

He said the collapse of the Elli Brown Viaduct's pedestrian walkway into the Umgeni River had nothing to do with age or structural degradation.

The bridge was built in the 1950s and connects central Durban with the northern coastal suburbs, such as La Lucia and Umhlanga.

"The collapse was unforeseen because the thieves were stealing the connectors under the bridge. We're amazed that they were able to access that area."

He said the stolen steel was not exceptionally valuable.

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