Tasman Bridge, Hobart
Tasman Bridge disaster
occurred on the evening of 5 January 1975, in
, the capital city of
's island state of
, when a bulk ore carrier travelling up the
collided with several pylons of the
, causing a large section of the bridge deck to collapse onto the ship and into the river below. Twelve people were killed, including seven crew on board the ship, and the five occupants of four cars which fell 45 m (150 feet) after driving off the bridge. The disaster severed the main link between Hobart and its eastern suburbs, and is notable for the social impacts that resulted from the loss of such an important road artery.