Four people were feared drowned on Sunday (1 August) when Vienna's oldest bridge across the River Danube collapsed, destroying one of the Austrian city's famous landmarks.
CU Water flowing over remains of collapsed Viennese Reichsbruecke bridge TILT UP TO bus stranded in middle
SV Bus in middle of torrent
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV Water flowing over submerged bridge
GVs Workmen cutting through remains of bridge (3 shots)
CU People waiting to cross bridge
GV Remains of bridge (4 shots)
??? Reichsbruecke was the only bridge not to be destroyed by German troops as they were driven out of Vienna by the advancing Red Army in the spring of 1945
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Background: Four people were feared drowned on Sunday (1 August) when Vienna's oldest bridge across the River Danube collapsed, destroying one of the Austrian city's famous landmarks.
SYNOPSIS: It's the Reichsbruecke bridge, the only one over the Danube to survive World War Two. One of the casualties of the collapse was a bus, whose driver was uninjured, but taken to hospital suffering from shock. The bridge was completely broken off at one pillar and sloped gently into the water from the other.
The bridge was the main connecting link between the heart of Vienna and its new suburb to the northeast. Its collapse has effectively cut the city in two and the bridge remains will either be blown up or cleared away by barge. Thousands of Viennese crowded the river bank in heavy drizzle to see a once-familiar sight in an unusual position.
The Danube is one of Europe's main water ways, and shipping there will be stopped for that least three weeks. While police and officials searched for the four missing people, plans were being made to put up an emergency bridge and arrange extra bus and train services. Officials say the cause of the collapse was not known. They've ruled out the possibility of sabotage, and preliminary inquiries suggested metal fatigue.