ACCIDENT – In Brazil, this Monday, November 14, a drifting ship collided with the bridge connecting Rio de Janeiro to the nearby town of Niteroi, an incident that caused no injuries but caused major traffic disruptions in the area.
The Rio-Niteroi bridge was closed in both directions for several hours, “due to the collision of a drifting ship with the bridge”according to the Federal Traffic Police (PRF) of Rio.
As you can see in the video at the top of the articlefootage filmed by the occupant of a car as he crossed the bridge, reported by local media, shows one of the ship’s towers extremely close and a noise that would correspond to the moment of the collision.
Loose mooring lines
“The technical team inspected the pillars and found no damage to the structure”said on social networks the mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, shortly before the partial reopening of the bridge to traffic.
The Navy said in a statement that the ship’s mooring lines have come loose “due to extreme weather conditions” Monday afternoon, and that it would be towed to the port of Rio, the second largest city in the Brazil.
The boat, which belongs to the Navegaçao Mansur company, is “subject to legal proceedings” and had been anchored in Guanabara Bay since 2016 “without posing any risk to navigation”added the Navy, which will investigate the incident.
According to the newspaper O Globo, the ship is 200 meters long and 30 meters wide. The Presidente Costa e Silva Bridge, commonly known as “Rio-Niteroi bridge”is an important crossing point in the region as it connects the two cities by crossing the bay.
The blocking of the bridge at nightfall caused traffic jams on several nearby avenues, as reported by the Rio operations center and as shown on local television.
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