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“Completely unreal” bridge collapse sends truck, car into Norway river 

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A car and a truck were partially submerged in a Norwegian river after a “catastrophic” bridge collapse occurred on Monday. 

The incident happened on August 15th in Copenhagen, Denmark at around 7:30 a.m. 

According to NY Post, the bridge collapsed as a car and a truck were driving over it. The car was sent plunging into the river, while the truck was stuck nearly vertically on the partially submerged bridge platform. 

A helicopter helped in the rescue operation and pulled the truck driver from his rig. The driver of the car was able to get out of the vehicle themselves. 

The bridge connects the west bank of the Gudbrandsdalslaagen River and the village of Tretten. The bridge opened in 2012. 

“It is completely catastrophic, completely unreal,” local mayor Jon Halvor Midtmageli told the Dabgladet newspaper. “It is also a fairly new bridge.”

“It is completely destroyed, everything has fallen down,” he added. The bridge was last inspected in 2021. 

A similar bridge collapsed nearby in 2016. A truck driver traveling across it sustained minor injuries in the incident. 

No further information has been released.

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