TRUCK DESTROYS BAYELSA BRIDGE, CUTS OFF COMMUNITY

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It was gathered that the bridge collapsed under the heavy weight of two heavy-duty trucks that were conveying chippings to a building site in the area.

Residents said the bridge, which crossed a major creek, connected several communities in the Bayelsa East Senatorial District covering the three local government areas of Ogbia, Nembe and Brass to Yenagoa.

Although no life was lost, many travellers were said to have been stranded after the bridge collapsed. It was learnt that the bridge was first constructed in 1986 with wood and iron by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited.

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The bridge was said to have broken in 1989 and was not reconstructed till 1990 befote it collapsed again on Thursday. A chief of Elebele community Mr. John Jacobs, said, “This bridge is very important to us because this is the only road to and out of our community at short distance.”

Jacobs called on the SPDC and the state government to act fast and have the bridge fixed.

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