Terrifying moment when the bridge collapses and a woman plunges onto the banks of a river below

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Terrifying moment when Brazilian bridge collapses, causing a woman to plunge 25 feet onto the banks of a river below

  • A woman in Brazil’s Santa Catarina survived a dangerous fall after the Rio Branco bridge collapsed on Wednesday
  • Surveillance footage showed a truck driving through the bridge before the paved surface broke apart and swallowed the woman in a crater
  • The woman, who was not identified, was trapped for nearly a minute before a man rushed to her and helped her climb out
  • It is not known whether the woman suffered any injuries and/or was hospitalized

Security footage shows the moment a road bridge collapses in southern Brazil, causing a woman to plunge 25 feet onto the banks of a river below.

The woman can be seen walking over the Rio Branco Bridge in Brusque, Santa Catarina, while trucks also drive over it.

The vehicles seem to bounce over a pothole, before the entire bridge suddenly collapses and the woman disappears into the crater.

A truck with a trailer with cylinders that has just crossed the bridge narrowly escapes into the hole, while a second one barely stops in time on the other side of the road.

Moments later, a motorcyclist drives almost straight into the hole, but manages to slide onto the road at the last moment.

The road to the Rio Blanco Bridge remained closed in Brusque, Brazil, on Thursday.  City officials and a civil defense engineering team were assessing the damage

The road to the Rio Blanco Bridge remained closed in Brusque, Brazil, on Thursday. City officials and a civil defense engineering team were assessing the damage

Still image from a surveillance camera shows a woman in Brusque, a town in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, walking towards a bridge before the structure collapsed and engulfed her in a crater.  With the help of a man, she was able to climb out safely.  It is not known if she suffered any injuries verwondingen

Still image from a surveillance camera shows a woman in Brusque, a town in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, walking towards a bridge before the structure collapsed and engulfed her in a crater. With the help of a man, she was able to climb out safely. It is not known if she suffered any injuries verwondingen

A bridge collapsed in Brazil's Santa Catarina on Wednesday.  Local media reported that the structure may have been weakened by heavy rainfall that fell in the region between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning

A bridge collapsed in Brazil’s Santa Catarina on Wednesday. Local media reported that the structure may have been weakened by heavy rainfall that fell in the region between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning

Fortunately, the woman the woman was sent plunged 25 feet onto the banks of a river below

Fortunately, the woman the woman was sent plunged 25 feet onto the banks of a river below

Incredibly, the woman, whose name has not been released by the authorities, manages to clamber out.

A man who was in a nearby building runs up to her and reaches out to help her out of the crater after being trapped for nearly a minute.

It is not known if the woman suffered any injuries.

Local Brazilian media reported that heavy rainfall in the region, which lasted from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning, may have played a role in the collapse of the Rio Branco bridge.

The roads leading to the bridge remained closed on Thursday as the Brusque local government and civil defense engineers continued to assess the damage.

Still image from a surveillance camera shows the woman trying to break her fall seconds after the bridge surface collapsed

Still image from a surveillance camera shows the woman trying to break her fall seconds after the bridge surface collapsed

A truck stopped just before falling into the crater, possibly crushing a woman trapped after a bridge collapsed in Brazil on Wednesday.  No injuries have been reported

A truck stopped just before falling into the crater, possibly crushing a woman trapped after a bridge collapsed in Brazil on Wednesday. No injuries have been reported

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