One dead and 8 injured are the toll so far from the collapse of the bridge section of the Patras ring road at the 206th kilometer Patras-Pyrgos, in the Bozaitika area heading towards Patras.

According to the authorities, traffic was prohibited on this particular section of the bridge and it was closed by decision of the Achaia Police Directorate from Thursday, July 20 due to demolition work.

As Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Nikos Tachiaos, who went to the scene, said on SKAI radio, “there is a question mark as to whether all the necessary security measures had been taken” adding that “these are issues that are being investigated because it is clear that the safety of workers and people in general is a top priority”.

“There were third parties at the construction site who should not have been at the scene. Everyone who deals with public works should know that safety is the most important issue”, stressed the deputy minister.

Condolences from the Ministry of Infrastructure – The concessionaire company was summoned

“Their deep sadness and their condolences, on the occasion of the accident that happened in Patras, but also their wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded who are hospitalized”, expressed the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Christos Staikouras and the Deputy Ministers, Christina Alexopoulou and Nikos Tachiaos.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Infrastructure, “from the first moments and without delay, the political leadership of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport did the following:

The Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, responsible for Transport, Christina Alexopoulou, immediately went to the scene of the accident and participated in the meeting held at the Business Center.

The Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, responsible for Infrastructure, Nikos Tachiaos, immediately went to Patras, where he had contacts with all the co-competent bodies.

Also, Christina Alexopoulou, in consultation with the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Christos Staikouras, contacted the Prosecutor’s Office.

At the same time, the concessionaire company was summoned, so that its representatives can go immediately to Patras, where a meeting is held with the political leadership of the ministry”.