Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Bridge buckles under ‘50 tonne’ brick truck

Bridge buckles under ‘50 tonne’ brick truck

People inspect a bridge that gave way yesterday morning in Mondulkiri after an overloaded truck transporting bricks to a construction site tried to cross it.
People inspect a bridge that gave way yesterday morning in Mondulkiri after an overloaded truck transporting bricks to a construction site tried to cross it. ADHOC

Bridge buckles under ‘50 tonne’ brick truck

A steel bridge in Mondulkiri province’s Pech Chreada district snapped in half on Monday under the weight of a truck police said was carrying more than twice the weight the structure was rated for.

According to Chreum Bren, Pech Chreada’s deputy police chief, the Hyundai truck was carrying a load of bricks and cement from Sen Monorom town to a construction material depot in Pech Chreada when the bridge, located in Sre Ampoum commune, collapsed underneath it.

“In fact, [the bridge] does not allow a load of more than 20 or 25 tonnes, but the truck was loaded with about 50 tonnes,” Bren said, adding that the truck was finally removed yesterday evening.

“They did not obey the regulation, so the problem occurred,” he continued, saying the vehicle was owned by a local small business that had come forward to accept responsibility for the cost of repairs, which remained unknown yesterday.

According to Bren, the driver of the truck only sustained a slight head injury, and although the truck was seemingly in violation of the Traffic Law, the owners wouldn’t face additional punishment as long as they covered the cost of the damage.

After the incident, Mondulkiri Provincial Hall issued a statement warning that the bridge was out, and referring to the passage as “an important route to the Bousraa [waterfall] tourist attraction site”.

Provincial Governor Eng Bunheang could not be reached for comment, but Heak Sophan, director of the provincial administration, said that the public transportation department was examining the case.

Nuon Sarorn, Pech Chreada district governor, said that the bridge was built in 2006 or 2007, and said that plans were in the works for a detour where people could ford the river, which is low this time of year, as well as for a temporary bridge to allow tourist buses to cross.

Sok Rotha, provincial coordinator for the rights group Adhoc, insisted that those responsible be held accountable.

“They violated the law. The owner is guilty if they do not take responsibility for the damage,” Rotha said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen’s China visit ‘a good opportunity’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to Beijing on Sunday to discuss economic and trade issues presents a good opportunity for the Kingdom to strengthen Chinese ties and counter punitive measures by the West, an analyst says. The prime minister’s four-day official visit to

  • Close to the edge: Hair raising pictures from Kulen Mountain

    A new hair raising attraction on Kulen Mountain has finally opened to the public, with people flocking to the protruding cliff edge overlooking green mountainous forests to take photographs. The giant overhanging rock is situated in an area known as Mahendraparvata – an ancient city of

  • ‘Action needed to stop road deaths doubling by next year’

    Minister of Interior Sar Kheng has expressed concern over the rate of traffic accidents, saying the death toll will double by 2020 if no effective preventive measures were put in place. At least five people on average are killed on Cambodian roads every day. The interior

  • Cambodian rice to lose EU duty-free status

    The Cambodian rice sector is set to lose its duty-free export status to the EU today – its major rice market – after the European bloc decided to impose tariffs on rice from Cambodia and Myanmar to curb a surge in such imports. The decision will be