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West Gate Bridge Tragedy

VIC 1970
Victoria Police Museum

Police and Emergency staff on the wreckage of the collapsed West Gate Bridge. A Royal Commission called it '... the most tragic industrial accident in the history of Victoria.'
At 11.50 am on 15 October 1970, a large span of the West Gate Bridge collapsed during construction. Approximately 2000 tonnes of steel and concrete came crashing down into the muddy banks of the Yarra below, taking workers and their machinery, tools and sheds with them. Thirty-five workers lost their lives and many others were injured. Most victims were those working on top of the bridge at the time of the collapse.

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