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Thieves Steal Rail Bridge, Investigation Launched

Thursday, June 20, 2019

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Mind the gap: A decommissioned rail bridge, located in the Arctic region of Murmansk, in Russia, was stolen, according to reports. A criminal investigation has since been launched.

The 56-ton, 23-meter (roughly 75-foot) main span of the bridge was shown as missing via Russian social media in late May. The opposing sections of the structure are still in place, however.

Rail Bridge Theft

The bridge, which spans the Umba river, near the now-abandoned Oktyabrskaya settlement, is not far from the border of Finland. When the post originally made the rounds on social media, people surmised that the main span had fallen into the river, but later footage showed that there was no sign of debris.

The page that originally posted the pictures noted that natural phenomenon could not have been the culprit to bring down the bridge. In contrast, a bridge nearby was still standing. Police initially dismissed the possibility of theft, noting that the property owner may have opted to get rid of the bridge. A criminal investigation was launched later, however.

It’s likely that the thieves stole the bridge for scrap metal, though that has yet to be confirmed as a motive. Similarly, there was an attempted theft of transmission towers in nearby Apatity last summer.

According to BBC News, the damage caused only totals 600,000 roubles ($9,000). The Murmansk Railway Division noted that as to who the bridge belongs to, that was a matter to “better to turn to historians.”


Tagged categories: AS; Asia Pacific; Bridges; Infrastructure; Program/Project Management; Rail

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