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Bridge ramp collapses in China; 3 killed (Sixth major bridge collapse since July of last year)
UPI ^ | 08/24/2012

Posted on 08/24/2012 9:35:10 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

HARBIN, China, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A ramp on a 9-month-old bridge in China collapsed Friday, sending four trucks crashing to the ground 100 feet below and killing three people, authorities said.

Five people were hospitalized with injuries, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

It was at least the sixth major bridge collapse in China since July of last year. The collapses have been blamed on shoddy construction and overloading, the report said.

The bridge ramp collapsed in Harbin city, capital of Heilongjiang province. In an unrelated incident in the same province, two passenger trains collided at a railway station Thursday, injuring at least 24 people.

The ramp, joining the Yangmingtan Bridge, tilted to one side and crashed to the ground about 5:30 am, the deputy head of the Harbin city construction committee said.

Photographs showed the crashed trucks turned upside down and the collapsed ramp resting almost perpendicular to the ground.

(Excerpt) Read more at upi.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bridge; china; collapse

1 posted on 08/24/2012 9:35:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Damaged vehicles lie upside-down near a collapsed section of the Yangmingtan Bridge in Harbin in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Four trucks fell off from the highway bridge collapsed in the morning, which opened to traffic in November, according to local state media.


2 posted on 08/24/2012 9:37:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

They’ve probably already executed the engineers by now.


3 posted on 08/24/2012 9:39:00 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey San Francisco,

Are you reading this? This foreshadows what’s to come with the ‘new’ Bay Bridge you are building with Chinese steel! Dumb SOBs.


4 posted on 08/24/2012 9:40:21 AM PDT by InsidiousMongo
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To: SeekAndFind

How often does this happen in the US and Europe?


5 posted on 08/24/2012 9:41:40 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: InsidiousMongo

Elizabeth Warren says we should be like the Chinese!


6 posted on 08/24/2012 9:41:59 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SeekAndFind

How often does this happen in the US and Europe? Heck, how often did this happen in the USSR?


7 posted on 08/24/2012 9:42:19 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: massgopguy

“Elizabeth Warren says we should be like the Chinese!”

I thought she wanted us to be like Indians, just like her! =P


8 posted on 08/24/2012 9:42:43 AM PDT by InsidiousMongo
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To: SeekAndFind

Just wait until shoddy workmanship shows up on the design and construction of that bullet train.

That’s when the SHTF.


9 posted on 08/24/2012 9:43:32 AM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as good as those who enforce it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

In China they call these “Tofu Construction Projects”

the sad thing is, the Chinese just accept it. They haven’t known anything else.

They have an all-controlling, all-corrupt, elitist, central-planning Gov’t, where apparatchiks and cronies skim the cream off the economy.

I see the USA heading towards an American version of the same thing.


10 posted on 08/24/2012 9:45:07 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: SeekAndFind
I've been to China...and Hong Kong.Recently.In Hong Kong one gets the distinct sense that newer building,roads,bridges,etc are of very high quality,at least as good as anything you'll find here or in Europe.You absolutely don't get the same sense with Chinese buildings and roads,even the newer ones.
11 posted on 08/24/2012 9:51:54 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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To: 353FMG
Bullet Train beware Calif. The Chinese are building a Bay Bridge in Oakland, opening in 2013. Using steel not make in USA and the massive cable, key sections of the tower and deck were all made in China. Let us hope that the inspectors overseeing the construction are up to the task.
12 posted on 08/24/2012 9:52:56 AM PDT by wmap
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To: dfwgator
"They’ve probably already executed the engineers by now."

I bet your right. I also bet it was the components that failed to perform to spec, not the design.

13 posted on 08/24/2012 9:58:16 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve seen concrete subs who shouldn’t be allowed to play with legos. Usually this sort of collapse is the result of absence of reinforcing in the “reinforced concrete”. Without a complete network of steel, concrete is about as strong as chalk.


14 posted on 08/24/2012 10:02:22 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: wmap

The inspectors will probably be Chinese with personal loyalty to the steel supplier.


15 posted on 08/24/2012 10:04:15 AM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as good as those who enforce it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Same China this regime is so proud of?


16 posted on 08/24/2012 10:09:47 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eat my dog!)
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To: Born to Conserve
I’ve seen concrete subs who shouldn’t be allowed to play with legos. Usually this sort of collapse is the result of absence of reinforcing in the “reinforced concrete”. Without a complete network of steel, concrete is about as strong as chalk

All of this stuff is going to be loads of fun in earthquakes - we've already seen the effect in the Sichuan quake.

17 posted on 08/24/2012 10:42:51 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: SeekAndFind

Several bridges, overpasses and ramps are being built in Texas by Chinese contractors. This should open a few eyes, especially after the sheet rock/ wall board scandal.


18 posted on 08/24/2012 10:46:51 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t forget—your fighting for you (LOL) government allows them to build them here. Think of that next time you drive over one. They love you in government and are always worried with your safety.

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/us-bridges-roads-built-chinese-firms-14594513


19 posted on 08/24/2012 11:02:22 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: InsidiousMongo

A Big Shoutout to the Golden State numbskulls relected Gov. Moonbeam a second time. He was mayor of Oakland and contracted with the Chinese to build the bridge. He’s also the reason Charlie Manson is still alive, because he appointed Rose Bird as CA Chief Justice.

C Justice Bird believed Manson deserved a chance to rectify his life. I’m so glad i don’t live there any longer.


20 posted on 08/24/2012 11:08:59 AM PDT by jayrunner
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To: Gay State Conservative

The Chinese try and cheat on all Buildings including their Nuclear Reactors where they shortchange the rebar,,hahah Look Behind the walls where the ends are Quality wiring and Gauge but connecting the hidden Parts is a Problem waiting to happen..


21 posted on 08/24/2012 11:18:15 AM PDT by philly-d-kidder (AB-Sheen"The truth is the truth if nobody believes it,a lie is still a lie, everybody believes it")
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To: philly-d-kidder

China is the world’s largest House of Cards.


22 posted on 08/24/2012 11:20:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
Hmmm... do we really want CARS made in China here in the USA? This shows you what BIG GOVERNMENT can do!!

Now, prayers to the VICTIMS!!

23 posted on 08/24/2012 11:21:41 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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To: InsidiousMongo
Are you reading this? This foreshadows what’s to come with the ‘new’ Bay Bridge you are building with Chinese steel! Dumb SOBs.

Yup. Not just the steel, but also concrete made in China is used on the SF/Oakland Bay Bridge. They shipped components for the support tower pre-made of chinese steel and concrete. Also shipped entire deck sections made in China. We're supposed to trust them that they made them to our standards. Complaints were made by knowledgeable engineers about shoddy work but quickly stifled by management.

24 posted on 08/24/2012 11:41:51 AM PDT by roadcat
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To: SeekAndFind

good thing we are now importing bridges from China I guess.


25 posted on 08/24/2012 11:43:48 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Born to Conserve

It apprears that it collapse under it’s own weight. Surely they would have taken that into consideration in the design process. Also from the pictures I am not seing a lot, if any, rebar twisted and torn out of the concrete roadway unless they built these sections independant of adjoing sections. Typically see continuous rebar mat in the road section.


26 posted on 08/24/2012 11:52:21 AM PDT by shotgun
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To: dfwgator
And President Obama’s administration says we need to be move like China?
27 posted on 08/24/2012 5:32:23 PM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: Born to Conserve; shotgun
Usually this sort of collapse is the result of absence of reinforcing in the “reinforced concrete”. Without a complete network of steel, concrete is about as strong as chalk.

Substandard (smaller diameter than both specs and invoices show) rebar is a problem throughout Asia.

28 posted on 08/24/2012 7:08:13 PM PDT by expat1000
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