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Norway: bridge collapses, two vehicles crash into the river

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OSLO – A road bridge over the Gudbrandsdalslågen river in southern Norway collapsed this morning causing a truck and a car to fall into the water, Norwegian police reported on Twitter. Two people were rescued and there are no casualties, police said. The rescuers intervened promptly and they helped the driver of a truck and the driver of a car, whose readiness in rescuing herself and calling for help proved to be decisive. No one was injured. The truck driver said in an interview that he was “sure it was over for me”, but he was then rescued by helicopter. The vehicle was followed by the car driven by a 24-year-old teacher driving her car to go to the first day of school, which was able to get out of the car and swim to shore, from where she called for help. “Police say that it is too early to say what caused the collapse, which has been investigated. And it emerged that the structure was last inspected on June 3 and no worrying structural damage was found. The 148-meter-long Tretten wooden bridge was inaugurated in 2012.

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