6 Sep 2017, Johannesburg: The collapse of the Geldenhuys Pedestrian Bridge on the N3 in the early hours of August 9, 2017 was not caused by any structural defect on the bridge as was widely speculated on social media after the incident but rather by an 18.1 ton steel coil which had dislodged from a truck and hit the pier in the median of the highway.
This is according to a report conducted by Superstructure Consulting Engineers which was commissioned by Sanral at the time to conduct an independent investigation into the incident and the cause.
The firm has completed the investigation and handed its report to SANRAL.
A statement issued by Sanral says all evidence suggests that the impact was caused by an 18.1 ton coil of steel that was found lying some 100 metres north of the collapsed bridge on the N3 northbound road.
Marks on the road led directly from the point of impact to the position where the steel coil came to rest.
The coil was afterwards inspected at ArcelorMittal premises in Vanderbijlpark and the marks on the coil indicated substantial impact with concrete.
SANRAL insurers are pursuing the matter with the 3rd parties involved while the SA Police Service is performing its own investigation into the coil and the truck involved.
The pictures featured here are from the aftermath when other trucks hit into the collapsed bridge. They were not the cause of the collapse.