Another bridge collapses in Bohol, 2nd in less than 2 months

CEBU CITY – A second bridge in Bohol collapsed in less than two months.

A POLICEMAN looks at the Borja Bridge in Catigbian, Bohol that collapsed while a 12-wheel truck was crossing Thursday, June 16. (Photo contributed by Catigbian police)
Nobody was harmed as the Borja Bridge in Barangay Algeria, Catigbian, Bohol buckled while a 12-wheel truck was passing Thursday, June 16.

The Catigbian Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CMDRRMO) said the truck bound for Ubay was loaded with sand when it crossed the bridge.

According to Jake Maglajos of the CMDRRMO, the truck was believed to be over the bridge’s weight limit of 20 tons, causing the structure to collapse. The driver of the truck escaped unscathed.

Maglajos said the bridge is already old and half of its lane was closed after a one-inch gap in its abutment was discovered.

The bridge, which was damaged when a strong earthquake rocked Bohol in 2013, collapsed less than two months after that in Loay, Bohol.

Last April 27, the Clarin Bridge collapsed, killing four people, including an Austrian tourist. At least 15 vehicles plunged into the Loboc River during the incident.