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Manipur: Bailey bridge collapses, driver dead as truck falls into river

The newly constructed bailey bridge collapsed when the loaded truck was attempting to cross it and the truck fell into the river with four people inside; one of them, the driver, died in the incident.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 1 Jul 2024, 5:29 am

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A bailey bridge on the Imphal River connecting Thoubal district and Imphal West district at Mutum Phibou collapsed early Sunday morning around 6 am leading to a loaded truck that was crossing the bridge to fall into the river. In the event, the driver of the truck lost his life.

Following the incident, Municipal Administration, Housing & Urban Development (MAHUD) Minister Y Khemchand, who visited the site, has called for an inquiry and that the report be placed within three days.

The incident occurred around 6 am on Sunday under the jurisdiction of Wangoi police station, Imphal West.

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The newly constructed bailey bridge collapsed when the loaded truck was attempting to cross it and the truck fell into the river with four people inside; one of them, the driver, died in the incident.

The driver has been identified as Md Borjao, 45, son of the late Md Ibocha from Mayang Imphal Bengoon Yangbi, Imphal West. The three other laborers have been identified as Makakmayum Amir, 28, son of Md Nasirudin of Mayang Imphal Bengoon, Leirak Achouba, Imphal West; Tarif Hussain, 21, and Md Ashif Hussain, 18, both sons of the late Md Aktar of Mayang Imphal Bengoon, Imphal West.

MAHUD Minister Y Khemchand, along with local MLA Khuraijam Loken, visited the site.

Speaking to the media, Minister Khemchand extended his condolences and noted that the bridge might have had technical defects. He called for an enquiry into the bridge’s construction, stating that stringent action would be taken if anyone is found guilty based on the report. He also mentioned that the authorities would start reconstruction work on the bridge.

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Local residents told the media that they had advised the truck driver not to cross the bailey bridge. However, the driver insisted that the truck’s load was only about 11-12 tons and attempted to cross, leading to the incident. When the truck fell, three passengers managed to jump out, but the driver was trapped inside.

A combined rescue operation by Wangoi Police Station, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), and the Manipur Fire Service team recovered the driver’s body. The truck was found loaded with firewood on the upper layer, while a large amount of lumber was found underneath.

It was reported that the bailey bridge had collapsed twice before, although no casualties were reported in those incidents.

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