Unnatural death of China’s bridges

Guangdong Jiujiang Bridge

A boat loaded with sands hit Jiujiang Bridge, leading to the collapse of the bridge about 200 meters on June 15, 2007. It was confirmed that seven people of four cars and two on-site construction workers fell into the river and missed.

Jiujiang Bridge had been constructed in 1988, and the testing to bridge showed it was normal in 2005.

Chongqing Qijiang Rainbow Bridge

Chongqing Qijiang Rainbow Bridge suddenly collapsed as a whole on January 4, 1999, only leaving the two ends and leading to 40 people to death, 14 injured. The bridge was completed in February 1996. The collapse caused by the substandard quality of the project.

Liaoning Panjin Tianzhuangtai Bridge

On June 10, 2004, Tianzhuangtai Bridge of Panjin city in Liaoning province collapsed 27 meters suddenly. The bridge broke from the middle. About three cars fell into the river, except two people survive, others was unknown.

Liaoning Yingkou Xiongyue Bridge

Xiongyue Bridge was broken under the impact of the flood on August 2, 2006, two piers collapse and two bridge plates fell down. In the accident, a car fell into the river, and one of victims was recovered from water, but the other one was missing.

Hunan Western Tuojiang Bridge

On August 13, 2007, Tuojiang Bridge of Fenghuang County in Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in Hunan province, suddenly collapsed, causing 64 people killed.

Inner Mongolia Baotou Viaduct

October 23, 2007, the deck of the viaduct tilted, causing no casualties.

Hunan Zhuzhou Hongqi Road Viaduct, May 17, 2009
Heilongjiang Tieli West Bridge, June 29, 2009
Tianjin Tanggu Ramp Bridge, July 15, 2009
Chongqing Pengshui Red Mud Trough Bridge, May 27, 2010
Jilin Fusong Jinjiang Bridge, June 8, 2010
Luoyang Luanchuan Tangying Bridge, July 24, 2010
Baoji-Chengdu Railway Shiting River Bridge, August 19, 2010, no casualties
Chengdu Chongzhou Laodingjiang Bridge, August 19, 2010
Zhejiang Haining Jiashao Cross-river Bridge, December 3, 2010
Xinjiang Korla Peacock River Bridge, April 12, 2011
Fujian Mount Wuyi Mansion Bridge, July 14, 2011
Hangzhou Qiantang Bridge, July 15, 2011

Translated and edited by Ma Xin

Ma Xin is an editor of M4.cn and can be reached at tomaxin@163.com.

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