A long wooden bridge collapsed in Norway producing cars accident


An 150-meter-long wooden bridge inaugurated in 2018, located on the river Gudbrandsdalslaagen in the village of Tretten, just north of Lillehammer in Norway, collapsed on Monday morning, causing a car to plunge in the river below and leaving a truck in a near-vertical position for hours. The driver of the car managed to get out of his vehicle by himself. Emergency services had to rescue the truck driver with a helicopter. Both drivers were in good health.The bridge runs between the E6 and county road 254. It has a two-lane road and a pedestrian walkway. The cause of the collapse was not immediately known.


„It is completely destroyed, everything has fallen down,” local mayor Jon Halvor Midtmageli told media. The Norwegian Automobile Federation said the bridge had been inspected as recently as last year. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration said Monday it wanted an independent investigation into the collapse. Norwegian transportation minister Jon-Ivar Nygård was due to visit the site of the bridge collapse. A similar nearby bridge in Sjoa in the Gudbrand valley, also made of glued laminated timber, collapsed in 2016.