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Bridge Collapse in Jiangsu, Overloaded Trucks Blamed Again

The collapsed bridge and the lorry.

The collapsed bridge and the lorry.

From NetEase:

Bridge in Jiangsu Danyang Collapses, Police Claims It Could Be Because Truck Was Overloaded

October 21st afternoon, the “Tinghe Bridge” on Zhongxin River of Jiangsu Danyang Houxiang Town suddenly collapsed. A truck full of stones fell into the river. The driver climbed out of the truck and saved another woman who also fell into the river. According to the analysis of the relevant government workers and the police, the truck was very likely overloaded.

The collapsed bridge and the lorry.

An eyewitness says she was taking an afternoon nap when suddenly a big “rumbling” sound accompanied with an earthquake-like shaking startled her. She ran out of her house and saw many people were running towards the bridge. So she ran to the bridge as well and only then discovered that the Tinghe Bridge had fallen into the river. A red cargo truck was rolled on its side in the river and two people were struggling in the water. Only later did she learn that they were driver of the truck and the woman riding an electric moped that had also fallen in.

The collapsed bridge and the lorry.

According to another eye witness, after the incident happened, the driver struggled to climb out of his truck and it was then that he discovered another woman struggling in the water who was liable to drown at any moment. He swam toward her in a hurry, grabbed this woman in danger and pulled her onto the bank with all his strength. Then he slipped away limping, probably injured as well.

The collapsed bridge and the lorry.

Many residents say they cross the bridge many times every day, and to see a seemingly strong bridge to actually be so fragile is somewhat unbelievable. According to the analysis of relevant government workers and the police, the truck was very likely overloaded.

Comments from NetEase 1 & 2:

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威远屌丝哥 [网易四川省内江市网友]:

No need to analyze, brother [referring to self] knows it was definitely caused by overloading, and has nothing to do with construction quality!

cgx11166 [网易重庆市网友]: (responding to above)

Lesson learned from Harbin—-[the excuse of being] overloaded, it can be extended nationwide.

别说我是新人 [网易黑龙江省大庆市网友]:

The attention on the bridge in Harbin had just died down and you turn up and cause trouble. Couldn’t you have held on until next spring before collapsing?

赵聊 [网易天津市网友]:

One hand alone cannot clap. I believe that if there wasn’t the woman riding the electric bike, it wouldn’t have been overloaded, so she should take 50% of the responsibility.

血色午夜 [网易广东省江门市开平市网友]:

Is there any need to analyze? It has long become a pattern.

威远屌丝哥 [网易四川省内江市网友]:

That driver had better start running, you can’t afford to pay compensation for [collpasing] the bridge!

网易上海市浦东新区网友 ip:58.33.*.*:

Harbin’s good experience [lesson]—-overloaded.

网易广东省手机网友 ip:163.177.*.*:

Looks like the quality of this truck is really good.

cgx11166 [网易重庆市网友]:

You don’t even have to say it and I already know it was [because of] overloading.

荷大壮 [网易云南省昆明市网友]:

An vehicle on a collpased road is definitely overloaded.
A boat at a bridge pillar naturally sinks.

专上空姐 [网易美国网友]:

Every time brother [referring to self] sees a post that says “click me to emmigrate to America”, I’d ding it. Now brother can be said to have succeeded, thank you all my friends on NetEase. [This commenter is posting from the United States.]

ccxn2009 [网易北京市网友]:

Those who thinks it was not because of overloading, ding! [18,037 dings (upvotes) at time of translation.]

zhouch525 [网易福建省泉州市晋江市网友]: (responding to above)

Whenever a bridge collapses in China, it is without exception caused by overloading!!

黑夜即将过去 [网易山东省烟台市网友]:

As long as a bridge collapses due to construction quality, it will henceforth always be determined to have been caused by vehicles being too heavy, and [the public] will no longer be informed of such anymore!!! By the way: wu mao dog “铁书网游” of Guangzhou is the product of mating a dog and a pig, and is an beast!

大湿0 [网易北京市网友]:

The people’s hearts are overloaded, the bridges are made of paper and glue!

网易广东省深圳市网友 ip:183.14.*.*:

China’s bridges are built to be used for 50 years, but it’s good enough if they can be used for five years. Foreign bridges are built to be used for five years, but they can be used for at least 50 years. No matter how overloaded a truck is, how heavy could it be? The tires didn’t burst, but the bridge collapsed. What kind of bullshit are they talking about? Look closely at the bridge floor, can any steel reinforcing bars be seen? The composition surface is like TM paper fibers. The reason why the government officials are coming out and saying anything is because when the bridge was initially constructed, they had accepted the hong bao [“red envelopes” of money, bribes] from the labor contractor!!

网易广东省湛江市网友 ip:27.40.*.*: (responding to above)

You’re right, I don’t see any steel reinforcing bars at all, this kind of [construction] technique has certainly “caught up with Britain and surpassed the USA”!

Joan琼儿 [网易广东省深圳市福田区网友]:

I figure this will also be said to have been caused by overloading. Ever since the bridge collapsed, the news these past few days have all been about similar problems. It seems like overloaded vehicles have all suffered bad consequences in our country. Perhaps after condemning the vehicles, they’ll begin to condemn the drivers.

滑衫轮贱 [网易广西南宁市网友]:

Okay then, once again it’s the driver’s fault!!!

王瑞 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

No need to mention the construction quality, it’s 100% caused by overloading. I haven’t seen any recent news about collapsing that don’t have dump trucks involved.

What do you think? Overloaded trucks or poor construction quality? Do you believe the untrustworthy authorities or the distrustful public?

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Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.

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