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By KEITH BRADSHERPublished: August 24, 2012

HONG KONG — One of the longest bridges in northern China collapsed on Friday, just nine months after it opened, setting off a storm of criticism from Chinese Internet users and underscoring questions about the quality of construction in the country’s rapid expansion of its infrastructure.


A collapsed section of the Yangmingtan Bridge’s ramp, in the city of Harbin, dropped 100 feet to the ground on Friday, killing three people and injuring five.      


The collapse left three people dead and five others injured.

A nearly 330-foot-long section of a ramp of the eight-lane Yangmingtan Bridge in the city of Harbin dropped 100 feet to the ground. Four trucks plummeted with it, resulting in three deaths and five injuries.

The 9.6-mile bridge is one of three built over the Songhua River in that area in the past four years. China’s economic stimulus program in 2009 and 2010 helped the country avoid most of the effects of the global economic downturn, but involved incurring heavy debt to pay for the rapid construction of new bridges, highways and high-speed rail lines all over the country.

Questions about the materials used during the construction and whether the projects were properly engineered have been the subject of national debate ever since a high-speed train plowed into the back of a stopped train on the same track on July 23 last year in the eastern city of Wenzhou. The crash killed 40 people and injured 191; a subsequent investigation blamed in particular flaws in the design of the signaling equipment.

Photographs on Chinese Web sites on Friday appeared to show that the collapsed section of the Yangmingtan Bridge’s ramp had fallen on land, not in the river.

According to the official Xinhua news agency, the Yangmingtan Bridge was the sixth major bridge in China to collapse since July 2011. Chinese officials have tended to blame overloaded trucks for the collapses, and did so again on Friday.

Many in China have attributed the recent spate of bridge collapses to corruption, and online reaction to the latest collapse was scathing.

“Corrupt officials who do not die just continue to cause disaster after disaster,” said one post on Friday on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging service similar to Twitter.

Another Internet user expressed hope “that the government will put heavy emphasis on this and investigate to find out the real truth, and give both the dead and the living some justice!” A third user was more laconic, remarking, “Tofu engineering work leads to a tofu bridge.”

Chinese news media reported that the bridge had cost 1.88 billion renminbi, or almost $300 million.

Hilda Wang contributed reporting.

A version of this article appeared in print on August 25, 2012, on page A4 of the New York edition with the headline: Collapse of New Bridge Underscores Worries About China Infrastructure.

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Post time 2012-8-25 18:43:10 |Display all floors
Nah bridges have to collapse more often otherwise China could not build the same bridges over and over again , and that will decrease GDP and chinese GDP is 55% investment so more Bridge collapses required to boost GDP.I think China should blast one Bridge every week and than rebuild it.That will help to boost GDP.{:soso_e122:}

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Post time 2012-8-25 23:03:38 |Display all floors
The roads should have weigh stations like in the USA. Truck scales are used to monitor the tons of commerce on US roads and the routes of heavy load trucking, police will monitor trucks for their safety.  My condolence to those that have lost in this disaster.

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Post time 2012-8-26 10:37:30 |Display all floors
The Grand Canal and Dujiayuan irrigation system still function after 2000 years, but modern China's fastest bullet train tumbled down the rail and the longest bridge in China collapses after a few short months.   What a disgrace!

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Post time 2012-8-26 10:42:23 |Display all floors

6 collapses since july 2011 ????


that´s is a tragedy

not only for the victims

tragedy to have the corruption everywhere

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Post time 2012-8-26 10:45:02 |Display all floors

I can imagine Robber, expatty or uncle liu and others saying

well, only 3 died, it is an isolated incident

not big deal

and they will point the west


the other reaction will be, ignoring the real problems of Chinese people

Shame on those domestic violence supporters in China

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Post time 2012-8-26 12:55:21 |Display all floors
There are a bridge collapsed in QD, fortunately no ppl get injured.

The drivers said it is because too many trucks overloaded and it is an old scaled bridge.

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