At Haney, just outside Vancouver, Canada, a truck driver escaped injury in the collapse of a bridge.
LS. Bridge in water.
MS. Cab of truck.
SV. Worker clambering over truck.
SV. Pan Along length of collapsed bridge.
LV. Traffic held up on highway.
SV. Worker cutting cable.
CU. Sign on log highways: Bridge closed.
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Background: At Haney, just outside Vancouver, Canada, a truck driver escaped injury in the collapse of a bridge. The bridge over the Alouette River caved in under twenty-eight tons of truck and load. Charles Lenfesty of Vancouver was taking a power shovel across the old wooden bridge when it gave way. Luckily the water is no more than a foot deep at that point.
Heavy timbers fell onto the truck's cab as it plunged into the river, but the driver was able to get through the window of the cab and crawl along the fallen beams to the shore.
The power shovel was damaged and the truck completely wrecked. The bridge, built in nineteen twenty-five, was threatened several years ago when the river flooded. Because of the damage caused at that time, several sections of it were re-built. It's one of the main traffic arteries in the Haney district.