Yangtze River Bridge suffers 77 collisions by ships

The Yangtze Great Bridge in the central city of Wuhan is the first bridge built across the Yangtze, China’s longest river.

It has been hit by passing ships for 77 times since its completion in the 1950s.

The latest crash happened to Pier No. 5 of the bridge on Thursday.

A ship weighing 1,000 tons suddenly lost control and slammed into the pier.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): DU YUN, Wuhan bridge management staff
“After examination, we found the collision left a very limited impact on the bridge. But I still call for all ship crew to watch out and avoid crashing into the bridge.”

The Wuhan First Yangtze Bridge, completed in 1957, is a double-deck road and rail bridge across the Yangtze River.

The bridge extends 1.6 kilometers from Turtle Hill on the northern bank, to Snake Hill on the south.

It undergoes a complete and careful examination every decade.

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