Tasman Bridge

Tasman Bridge, Hobart


The  Tasman Bridge disaster  occurred on the evening of 5 January 1975, in  Hobart , the capital city of  Australia 's island state of  Tasmania , when a bulk ore carrier travelling up the  Derwent River  collided with several pylons of the  Tasman Bridge , 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.

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