Lucknow bridge falls down

LUCKNOW, Ont. — Another bridge has collapsed, this one on a secondary road near the southwestern Ontario town of Goderich.

Between five and eight construction workers were injured and the Ontario Ministry of Labour is investigating the accident. Sources say none of the injuries are life threatening.

According to news reports from the scene, the bridge was under construction and a crew was pouring concrete on the top of the structure when the whole thing came crashing down Saturday afternoon.

Witnesses reported that where the bridge once stood there’s no just a large tangled mess of scaffolding.

The broken bridge is replacing an older span, which crosses 18-Mile Creek on Bruce Road 86, northwest of Lucknow, which is about 200 klicks west of Toronto near Lake Huron.

Capt. Stephen MacPherson of the Goderich Volunteer Fire Department, who arrived at the scene shortly after the accident, was quoted as saying he could hardly believe nobody was trapped under the wreckage. “There’s a lot of shock out there,” he said.

Collapsed bridged are quick to make headline these days after two high-profile accidents in Quebec and Minneapolis over the last year.

Quebec banned heavy trucks from 135 bridges and overpasses after an overpass collapse in Montreal last November killed five people.

In August, the major bridge link between Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., crumbled into the Mississippi River, killing several people and injuring over 60.

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