An important crossway between Melbourne's CBD and the western side of Melbourne, the bridge was the scene of a terrible disaster that took the lives of 35 workers when the bridge collapsed on October 15ththe worst industrial disaster in Victoria's history.
The aftermath Almost as soon as he put the phone down, Gerit Hardenberg heard the low rumbling sound coming across the river. It grew, like the side of a mountain falling on top of him, and then faded into silence.
What Gerit Hardenberg could not hear was the eerie pinging noise that came from the flakes of rust peeling off weathered steel or the jarring screech of metal moving slowly across metal. The whole 2,ton mass plummeted into the Yarra mud with an explosion of gas, dust and mangled metal that shook buildings hundreds of yards away.
Homes were spattered with flying mud.
The roar of the impact, the explosion and the fire that followed could be heard more than two miles away. But by the time men, who had been hurled into the river below, had surfaced from the depths all they could hear was the clanging of loose metal and the crackle of the fire.
As they clawed their muddy, oil-soaked bodies out of the river those who could walk or talk began searching and calling out for their mates. The huge span lay like a broken and beached battleship beside them and, as they heard the first shrill sounds of the sirens, they knew it was time to comfort the injured and count the dead.Free Essay: This report goes into detail the collapse of the Westgate Bridge, located in Melbourne, Australia.
What was meant to be a bridge that joined two. IT WAS the morning the world fell from under their feet as they worked atop the West Gate Bridge.
True Crime Australia; Law & Order. Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge collapse left scene of. The two main causes of bridge failure, wind loads and improper design or design flaws, will be discussed with examples like the Tacoma bridge collapse of and the I Mississippi River bridge collapse of later on in the paper (4, 1).
In October , a metre span of the half-built West Gate Bridge collapsed into the Yarra, killing 35 workers in Australia's worst construction disaster.
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“The reasons for the collapse of span are to be found in the acts and omissions of those entrusted with building a bridge of a new and highly-sophisticated design,” the commissioners said.