Westgate Bridge Collapse: Close-up of shattered â€˜boxâ€™ structure of deck
Westgate Bridge Collapse: Close-up of shattered â€˜boxâ€™ structure of deck is associated with Westgate Bridge, Melbourne located at these coordinates -37.8295871072, 144.898316592
| A royal commission was established soon after the collapse of the bridge to investigate the cause. The report, tabled in parliament in 1971, detailed a number of factors that contributed to the bridge’s failure.
The commission was appointed to inquire into and report on ‘the circumstances surrounding and the cause or causes direct and indirect of the failure on the 15th day of October, 1970, of the steel span between piers 10 and 11 of the bridge known as “West Gate Bridge”’ and ‘to inquire and report upon whether any aspect of the design of the steel span between piers 10 and 11 is inadequate or undesirable’.
The commission sat for 80 days and heard evidence from 52 witnesses, under oath and subject to examination and cross-examination. Among the 319 exhibits received in evidence were correspondence, legal documents, plans, drawings and photographs.
| Close-up of shattered ‘box’ structure of deck
|Event Type:||Bridge Collapse|
|westgate, west gate bridge|