Bridge in Norway collapsed while cars were crossing it – Drivers are safe – See video and photo

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Bridge in Norway collapsed while cars were crossing it – Drivers are safe – See video and photo

A car plunged into the river while the truck remained on a section of the bridge that was raised out of the water.

A wooden bridge over a river in southern Norway it collapsed today, Monday, when two cars were passing through it

The drivers of both vehicles were rescued and is fine, police said.

Police were called just after 7:30 a.m. that the bridge had collapsed as a truck and a car drove over it. The cause was not immediately known.

The car plunged into the river while the truck remained on the bridge almost perpendicular to a section of the bridge that was raised out of the water.

A helicopter assisted in the rescue operation and retrieved the driver of the truck, police said. The driver of the car managed to get out of his vehicle on his own.

The nearly 150-meter-long bridge opened in 2012 connects the west bank of the river Gudbrandsdalslaagen and the village of Tretten.

“It’s completely devastating, completely unreal,” local mayor Jon Halvor Midtmageli told Dabgladet newspaper.

“It’s completely destroyed, everything has fallen down,” he added.

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has even said it wants an independent investigation into the collapse.

“It must be safe to drive on Norwegian roads. That’s why it’s important to get to the bottom of this case,” said the head of the administration, Ingrid Dahl Hovland.

A local resident who lives next to Tretten Bridge said he heard “a loud bang”.

“The whole house was shaking. I was raising the blinds in the bedroom, I looked to the right and saw the bridge over the river,” he told Norwegian television network TV2.

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