Steel Theft Compromised Collapsed Bridge

Thieves could be responsible for the collapse of a bridge near Gorazde, eastern Bosnia last week, rather than the weight of the truck that was crossing the bridge at the moment of its collapse, a local prosecutor told Klix.

Lazar Draško, the Gorazde canton prosecutor, said that the collapsed bridge, and other bridges in the area, was a target of thieves who have stolen steel beams, which compromised the load capacity of the bridge.

“Investigators confirmed that the stolen steel beams were sold at scrapyards in (nearby) Gorazde and Rogatica,” the prosecutor said.

“The thieves took advantage of low intensity traffic during the winter.”

A truck transporting logs ended in the Praca river last week when the steel bridge it was crossing collapsed under its weight. The driver was unharmed.

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