Bridge fell due to corrosion, lack of inspection

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 26, 2020
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter

Taiwan Transportation Safety Board senior investigator Wang Hsing-chung in Taipei yesterday explains the board’s report on the collapse of the Nanfangao Bridge in Yilan County’s Suao Township on Oct.1 last year.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

Severe corrosion of stranded steel wires and a lack of inspections necessary for special bridges were the main reasons leading to the collapse of the Nanfangao Bridge (南方澳大橋) in Yilan County’s Port of Suao on Oct. 1 last year, an investigation by the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board showed yesterday.

The accident killed six people, injured 13 and damaged three fishing vessels moored under the bridge.

The board spent about one year investigating the cause of the accident before publishing the final report yesterday.

The bridge was at a fishing harbor, which made it susceptible to salt and humidity, the report said.

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