Traffic on the Jessore-Magura road has come to a grinding halt after a bailey bridge caved in at Jessore's Simakhali, after apparently failing to support the weight of several cargo-laden vehicles.
The bridge collapsed around 10am on Monday, injuring two people and stranding scores of vehicles on both ends.
“The bridge failed to hold when two trucks and a pick-up truck carrying stones were crossing,” Barobazar highway police OC Nazrul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune.
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Engineer Khalilur Rahman of Jessore LGED told the Dhaka Tribune that the bridge on the Jessore-Magura road was not deemed to be risky after its last assessment Dhaka Tribune
Deputy Assistant Engineer Khalilur Rahman of Jessore LGED told the Dhaka Tribune that the two trucks were carrying at least 40 tonnes of cargo each, and the pick-up was carrying 6 tonnes.
He said: "The 47metre-long bridge is capable of supporting 16-20 tonnes of load. According to the last assessment, the bridge was neither deemed to be risky nor was an upgrade recommended given the state it was in."
Bagharpara police OC Choynuddin Ahmed said: “The trucks have not been removed yet, they are still stuck in the middle of the bridge.”
The injured were sent to Jessore General Hospital.