A bridge too few

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A bridge too few
MISCALCULATION: Cement-mixer lorry should never have used the bridge linking El Raal and La Basca Photo credit: CHS

THE driver of a cement-mixer lorry chose the wrong bridge to cross the River Segura at the end of March.

A tree was blocking his view and he failed to see a warning sign that barred heavy vehicles from the metal bridge linking El Raal, an outlying Murcia City district, and La Basca in Beniel.

The bridge collapsed when the vehicle was half-way across, sending the lorry and a mass of girders and tarmac into the river.

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Despite the apparently disastrous accident the driver, who is from Elche, was able to escape through the cab window although he was later transferred to hospital.

Three weeks later the ruined bridge, and the lorry were still blocking the riverbed.

THE Confederacion Hidrografica del Segura (CHS),  responsible for the area’s waterways has now called on Murcia city hall and Beniel’s own local government to decide together on how to remove the lorry and the remains of the bridge from the river.


The CHS revealed that this would require draining this part of the river which is less than two kilometres away from Orihuela.

Although this could potentially affect the irrigation water that Vega Baja growers depend upon for their crops, the CHS explained that this will be transferred from Murcia to Orihuela using the  infrastructure network that usually delivers Taja-Segura water.


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Linda Hall
Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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