The collapse of the bridge under construction across the Yarra River in Australia today (Thursday) follows the collapse of a span of a similar design at Milford Haven in Britain in June.
GV Milford Haven bridge after collapse (4 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 6: REPORTER: "Method of construction is sage?
SPOKESMAN: Yes, we have no doubts about that.
REPORTER: But you see there have been now two bridges that have collapsed which have been under construction in this way.
SPOKESMAN: The circumstances of the failure at Yarra are totally different from those at Milford Haven. With the information we now have from Australia we don't see any connection between the two collapses.
REPORTER: Without getting too technical, in which ways are the circumstances totally different.
SPOKESMAN: The Yarra work had only advanced a very short distance, a small distance. There was only one main span erected on both banks, and the conditions had not developed into the situation that existed at the time of the earlier collapse.
REPORTER: But how far had the deck of the bridge progressed before beyond the last supporting pillar?
SPOKESMAN: The Yarra, none.
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Background: The collapse of the bridge under construction across the Yarra River in Australia today (Thursday) follows the collapse of a span of a similar design at Milford Haven in Britain in June. A spokesman for Freeman, Fox and Partners, the consulting engineers who are supervising both projects said in London that there was no connection between the two disasters.
The Yarra bridge, whose collapse has caused at least 30 deaths, and the Milford Haven bridge were both being built by the continuous box beam method.
The spokesman for Freeman, Fox and Partners said:
Senior members of Freeman, Fox and Partners are reported to be flying to Australia to investigate the Yarra bridge collapse.