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Re: Bridge collapse

Suspension bridges have always looked very fragile to me - hanging on thin steel ropes. We used to live near the Humber bridge, one of the biggest suspension bridges in the world.
I refused to drive across it for years. Partly because I'm scared of heights now.
Tyne bridge is an arched bridge - not sure what that means but it hasn't got any ropes.
Nomoss - we had an  identical bridge near us in France . A few years ago it was closed for weeks for repairs to the walls etc, but still had a low weight limit and it was definitely too narrow for any big lorries etc.

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"We used to live near the Humber bridge"

Was much more fun when the triple reciprocating steam engine paddles steamers used to take us to New Holland for a day at the Cleethorpes beach!
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I missed the paddle steamers - we came to Hull in 1970. Until 1990. We lived in Hessle and watching the building of the bridge was great entertainment.

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The funeral of the lorry driver was this morning, huge crowds.

The comments from la Depeche readers are very interesting, especially this one:

"que le premier qui n'a jamais fauté jette la premiere pierre..

Genlou Il y a 1 heure

@robix12 il y a des limites ! Le chauffeur d'un attelage pesant plus de 50t ne peut pas être excusé pour avoir franchi un pont suspendu limité à 19t ! Ce serait trop facile."

What do you think?


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We have all taken chances. Without there would be no progress or change. But this guy pushed it too far and the penalty. It is very, very sad, especially for his two kids deprived or their dad and his wife deprived of her support.
Ticking over, just about.
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Was it a case of 'i've done this plenty of times and nothing has ever happened'.

Presumably the lorry insurance company will be working on reasons why it should not pay out and a big bill it will be.
BREXIT - wonder what the future holds
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Yes we've all taken chances, and sometimes paid the penalty.
I wish this story could be spread more widely, not just SW France.

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The person I feel most sorry for is the mother of the 15 year old girl who died. Losing any child is horrendous .. losing a child in such circumstances is beyond hideous.
This mother has to live with this loss and, perhaps, the thought was any of this my fault ? Could I have done smthg differently ?

Computing - it's another world
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