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Bridge Failure Database

Steel truss bridge between Castelo de Paiva and Penafiel (River Douro)

Year 2001
Type Rail
Country Portugal
Cause Natural hazard (Flooding)
Details Flooding and scouring, deterioration
Fatalities 70
Injuries 0
Collapse complete
Phase in service
Period 1991-2009
Continent Europe
References BAILEY et al., Niveau de sécurité requis pour l'evaluation des ponts-routes existants, Report Nr. 566, Union suisse des professionnels de la route (VSS), Zurich, 2002.
Portuguese bridge disaster blamed on illegal dredging, New Civil Engineer, 8 March 2001, London, 2001, pp.8-9.

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