Incredible pictures show the aftermath of the West Gate Bridge disaster which killed 35 people after the curse of one of Australia's busiest bridges was laid bare
Haunting images showing the tragic aftermath of the West Gate Bridge collapse have emerged on the 50th anniversary of the disaster.
A 112-metre section of the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne weighing up to 2,000-tonnes collapsed into the Yarra River during construction on October 15, 1970, killing 35 construction workers and injuring 18 others.
1970年10月15日，墨尔本西门大桥(West Gate Bridge)112米长的一段重达2000吨的大桥在施工过程中坍塌落入亚拉河，造成35名建筑工人死亡，18人受伤。
Described asone of Australia's worst-ever industrial accidents, the traumatising collapse led to buildings hundred of metres away shaking from the aftermath.
The heartbreaking images which emerged almost 50-years on from the disaster, show men working desperately to remove their colleagues from the devastating wreck.
Some of the employees were on their lunch break underneath in the worker's huts when the bridge gave way.
Another image shows the dark fumes coming from the worksite due to the massive explosion from gas.
An aerial photograph shows the wreckage of the bridge. It took eight years for the bridge to be reconstructed and completed in 1978.
Almost 50 years on, the West Gate Bridge needs to undergo construction because it is reportedly 'sinking'.
The eastern section of the West Gate Bridge in Melbourneis experiencing 'downward movement' due to being built on Coode Island silt, according toThe Herald Sun.
Coode Island silt is a soft clay-like soil that has allegedly compressed over time under the pressure of the 42-year-old bridge.
West Gate Bridge carries more than 200,000 vehicles over the Yarra River between the CBD and the western suburbs every day.
Up to one suicide occurs at the bridge every three weeks and fatherArthur Freedman murdered his four-year-old daughter by throwing her off in 2009.
Now, the Victorian Department of Transport will repair the bridge by raising the affected section's concrete slabs and beamsfrom late 2020 to early 2021.
Despite the movement, Government authorities say the bridge is safe for drivers but some lanes may have to close during maintenance.
Tender documents obtained by The Herald Sun reveal that the repairs were recommended in a recent assessment of the bridge.
'The eastern approach slab of the WGB is sitting on Coode Island silt and is setting, therefore it needs to be jacked up,' the documents read.
'The location of works is in Port Melbourne where the WGB meets the roadway.'
It is reported that the works will cost $1 million, whichNick Foa, the head of transport services at the Department of Transport, said is 'not far from the mark'.
Mr Foa said the bridge is 'not moving' but said there is some 'differential movement'.
'The bridge itself is not moving but the bridge is absolutely monitored 24/7. We've got teams of people dedicated to making sure that bridge is safe,' Mr Foa told 3AW.
'This is on the approach to the bridge, not the bridge itself.
'On the lead up to the bridge on the eastern side, that's an area known for silt, there's a bit of differential movement on the approach to the bridge.
'We just need to make sure that it's a smooth ride for motorists and to make sure the approach lines up to the bridge perfectly.
'It's part of ongoing maintenance. We do maintenance on the bridge every year around the Christmas period where there's less traffic. So we've advertised the tender to do some works on the eastern approach.'
A Department of Transport spokesman said: 'The West Gate Bridge is not sinking and there are no safety concerns or any changes to the operation of the Bridge.'
The spokesman could not confirm if the maintenance would affect traffic but lanes of the bridge have been closed due to maintenance in the past.
Six twisted fragments of the collapsed bridge are in located Monash University's engineering faculty to remind engineers of the fatal consequences of their errors.
Up to one suicide occurs every three weeks at the West Gate Bridge, according to Victoria Police data.
Father Arthur Freedman killed his four-year-old daughter Darcey by throwing her off the bridge as his two sons, aged two and six, watched in January 2009.
Freedman was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2011.
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