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West Gate Bridge Collapse, Melbourne, 1970

West Gate Bridge Collapse, Melbourne, 1970

Construction of Melbourne's West Gate Bridge began in 1968, spanning the Yarra River and linking the inner city and western suburbs. On 15 October 1970, just two years into construction, the 120-metre span between piers 10 and 11 collapsed into the muddy bank of the river below. Thirty-five construction workers were killed and a further 18 were injured, making it the worst industrial accident in Australian history. The impact and subsequent explosion of gas and dust shook nearby buildings and could be heard over 20 kilometres away.

A Royal Commission was announced the following day. It established the collapse was due to structural design flaws and an unusual construction method. Construction resumed in 1972 and was completed in 1978.
Westgate Bridge, Melbourne, span collapse,
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Westgate Bridge, Melbourne, span collapse,
English bridge expert Sir Ralph
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English bridge expert Sir Ralph
The Governor Sir Rohan Delacombe,
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The Governor Sir Rohan Delacombe,
Witness. Aerial view of the
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Witness. Aerial view of the
Aerial shot of the collapse
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Aerial shot of the collapse
The Australian Trader passes in
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The Australian Trader passes in
Victims on stretches with their
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Victims on stretches with their
Workers and rescue personnel mill
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Workers and rescue personnel mill
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Police search and rescue search
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Police search and rescue search
Workmen tunnel under the fallen
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Workmen tunnel under the fallen
A victim is carried from
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A victim is carried from
Workers look for survivors of
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Workers look for survivors of
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
An aerial view of the
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An aerial view of the
Civil defence men and helmeted
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Civil defence men and helmeted
An aerial view of the
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An aerial view of the
Alan Lambert Collection. Aerial view
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Alan Lambert Collection. Aerial view
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Collapse of the West Gate
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Collapse of the West Gate
The Governor Sir Rohan Delacombe
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The Governor Sir Rohan Delacombe
The Best of the Age
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The Best of the Age
Aerial view of the site
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Aerial view of the site
View of the West Gate
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View of the West Gate
Nine year old Christine Fitzsimmons
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Nine year old Christine Fitzsimmons
27 November 1970, Des Gibson
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27 November 1970, Des Gibson
West Gate Bridge Collapse, Melbourne, 1970
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West Gate Bridge Collapse, Melbourne, 1970
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