Caution! Extreamely low bridge

It seems that vehicle weight restrictions are not quite so rigorously enforced in other jurisdictions as they are in the uk. In the summer of 2011, a not very wise oriental gentleman named Zhang Wenjun ventured forth in a rather heavily laden truck. His load of sand, plus the vehicle, was later estimated to weigh around 165 tonnes.

Screen-Shot-2013-11-20-at-17.18.51It seems that vehicle weight restrictions are not quite so rigorously enforced in other jurisdictions as they are in the uk. In the summer of 2011, a not very wise oriental gentleman named Zhang Wenjun ventured forth in a rather heavily laden truck. His load of sand, plus the vehicle, was later estimated to weigh around 165 tonnes.

This, it came to light, was not an unusual thing for Mr Zhang. However on this particular occasion, as he drove over Baihe Bridge on the outskirts of Beijing, as he had done many times before, the bridge collapsed under him. Not just a section of the bridge, the entire 400 foot long bridge collapsed like a house of cards. The weight limit on the bridge was a rather unstressed but highly respectable 55 tonnes, meaning that Mr Zhang was a somewhat optimistic 110 tons overweight.

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