[VIDEO] 16-Wheeler Trailer Crashes Into Historical Pedestrian Bridge In Penang

The bridge was built in 1975.

Cover image via Malay Mail & Penang Kini/Facebook

A 16-wheeler recently crashed into the iconic pedestrian bridge at Weld Quay Ferry Terminal, Penang

Bernama reported that the incident took place around 4.15pm yesterday, 5 February, and no one was harmed.

The trailer was carrying a crane when it passed under the five-metre high bridge. Unfortunately, the crane hit the 45-year-old structure.

The pedestrian bridge was constructed in 1975 and cost RM180,000 at the time.

Penang Island City Council (MBPP) said that after the incident, the bridge was found to be structurally unsafe and beyond repair.

Penang Mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang announced that MBPP is now working to install a zebra crossing and traffic lights at the site.

"This is a loss to us as it is a historical monument, a facility for pedestrians and we had to take immediate action to dismantle it, clear the road, and open it back to traffic," he added, reported Malay Mail.

The bridge was reportedly about 105 feet long, nine feet wide and weighed about 20 tonnes.

The trailer driver was a 30-year-old man who was on his way home to Butterworth after work.

MBPP has lodged a police report over the incident so that investigations can be carried out.

State exco Jagdeep Singh Deo mentioned that MBPP is considering filing a civil suit against the company of the trailer responsible for the incident.

"Our claims will consist all losses, damages, and consequential costs we may have to bear due to the incident," he said.

The incident is being investigated under Section 42 of the Road Transport Act 1987.

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