Two killed as Asia's longest wooden bridge collapses
Guwahati | Sunday, Feb 22 2009 IST
Two persons, including a minor, were killed today when Asia's longest wooden bridge over Gelabil river in upper Assam's Golaghat district collapsed under weight of a heavy vehicle that had defied prohibitory orders and plied on the bridge.
The accident occurred at about 0900 hours when a dumper of a private contractor boarded the bridge, despite sign-boards displaying prominently that no heavy vehicle is allowed on the bridge.
As the bridge gave way under the weight, a father-son duo on a bicycle on the bridge also fell into the river, killing both on the spot.
The victims have been identified as Nagen Pegu and his son Paresh, a class IV student, of Bonkuwal Kathonibari village.
The driver, handyman and other crew of the dumper escaped.
The 740 feet long Mohuramukh bridge, the longest wooden bridge in Asia that was built during the British rule, had not been pulled down on request of the local people, keeping in mind its record length.
A new concrete bridge is under construction along the old bridge and only small vehicles are allowed to ply over the old bridge.
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