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Truck destroys historic pedestrian bridge in Penang after a wrong estimate of the height of its load

Truck driver destroys the historic pedestrian bridge in Penang after he misjudges the height of his load and collides with the steel structure

  • CCTV images show a 16-wheeler strolling through Penang
  • It is approaching the 45-year-old Weld Quay bridge at the ferry terminal
  • Tip from the crane catches the bridge and starts pulling down the steel structure
  • Malaysian authorities claim it is “irreparable” and are considering prosecuting the driver

This is the moment when one of the ‘most frequently used walkways’ in Malaysia was written off when a 16-wheeled truck collided with the 16ft high bridge.

CCTV images show the huge truck strolling through Penang last week on its way to the 45-year-old Weld Quay bridge at the ferry terminal.

The cabin passes safety under the bridge, but the end of the crane on its trailer catches the huge steel structure and starts to tear it to one side, bending part of the supports.

The driver applies the brakes and stops the traffic, but the damage has been done.

One of the most recognized walkways, the 45-year-old Weld Quay Bridge in Penang, Malaysia, almost collapses when the top of a truck's crane makes contact

One of the most recognized walkways, the 45-year-old Weld Quay Bridge in Penang, Malaysia, almost collapses when the top of a truck’s crane makes contact

Firefighters rushed to the scene to prevent one of the most recognized walkways in the former British colony from collapsing.

Although the mayor of Penang Datuk Yew Tung Seang said the authorities would try to save the bridge, it was deemed irreparable the next day.

The mayor called the destruction of the bridge ‘sad’ and described the walkway as a ‘part of the landscape’ and a ‘historical monument’.

CCTV images show the huge truck on its way to the 16ft high bridge, which is close to the city's ferry port

CCTV images show the huge truck on its way to the 16ft high bridge, which is close to the city's ferry port

CCTV images show the huge truck on its way to the 16ft high bridge, which is close to the city’s ferry port

Now the accident is being investigated by the Malaysian police, who will determine whether or not a complaint must be filed against the truck driver.

A representative of the state council, Jagdeep Singh Deo, said the body is considering prosecuting the truck company based on “people’s feelings.”

Weld Quay Bridge connects Market Street Ghaut near the Nanyang Siang Pau office with the ferry terminal that connects to Butterworth.

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