An overweight vehicle is thought to have caused the collapse early on Nov. 18 of a roughly 150-meter-long steelwork suspension bridge in Mirepoix-sur-Tarn, a French village 30 km northeast of Toulouse. Two people in vehicles on the bridge were reported killed and others injured when the 6-m-wide structure fell into the River Tarn on the D71 highway. Managed by the Haute-Garonne department, the bridge was declared sound by government inspectors in 2017 and passed a visual inspection by the department a year later, according to the Ministry for the Ecological and Solidary Transition. Officials have since imposed a 7.5-tonne weight restriction on a similar bridge nearby.
Two Motorists Killed as Suspension Bridge Collapses in France
November 20, 2019