DPWH probes collapse of old bridge in Pangasinan

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The Department of Public Workers and Highways (DPWH) is looking on whether a construction firm is liable for the collapse of an unused old steel bridge in Barangay Baay, Lingayen at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday where four construction workers were hurt, one of whom seriously.

The incident happened when workers of Rani Construction & Supply were in the process of dismantling the old bridge, built sometime in 1970, which was already replaced by a new one.

The workers who sustained injuries in the different parts of their bodies were identified as Vevencio Conise, 57; Kenneth Castro, 21, both helpers; Roberto Llanillo, 38, welder, all residents of Poblacion, Bugallon, Pangasinan; and Bartolome Aqui, 48, also a welder of Barangay Anolid, Mangaldan.

Initial investigation revealed that the victims were in the process of cutting the steel trusses of the old bridge with safety harness attached to their bodies.

After cutting the center steel truss, the bridge collapsed and the workers hanged on the remaining trusses while the small crane truck in the middle of the bridge, being used by the other workers, fell down the water and sank.

Elements of Lingayen Police Station and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of the town responded and rushed the victims to Lingayen District Hospital.

One of them who suffered more serious injuries, was, however, transferred to the Region 1 Medical Center in Dagupan for further treatment. LEONARDO MICUA/PNA-northboundasia.com