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Centennial bridge falls in Montellano when truck loaded with asphalt collapsed the viaduct overweight

PUERTO PLATA.- The centennial metal bridge connecting Montellano to Pancho Mateo collapsed this weekend due to the tremendous irresponsibility and extreme temerity of the driver of an asphalt loaded truck.

This bridge, which had been built on the Camu River for 120 years and was inaugurated on August 16, 1897, did not support the weight of several tons of a dump truck carrying more 21 cubic meters of asphalt, collapsing before the astonished eyes of the locals.

Said viaduct that was an authentic relic and that many citizens opined had to be restored to leave it alone for the pedestrian use and of light vehicles, it also communicated to the rural communities of Montellano as they are: Mozoví, Los Perez, Arroyo de Leche, Severé, Los Gómez, among others.

As soon as the bridge collapsed, the driver of the truck loaded with asphalt was aided by people residing in the vicinity, leaving unscathed, while several local authorities were present, who observed the collapsed metal structure inside the river.

The provincial governor, Iván Rivera, after inspecting the collapsed viaduct, ordered an alternate route so residents in the surrounding communities could cross the Camú River, while the Montellano municipal mayor, Hector Rojas (Chino), said he had reported the vulnerable conditions of that bridge to public works authorities, but they never paid attention to it.

Source: Puerto Plata Digital

Sep 20, 2017

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