06 August, 2014
Well, it FINALLY happened!
Yup. After at least 52 years of heavy use and very little maintenance, this old Bailey bridge in Kainantu has finally given up. The tanker truck in the river had 2 people in it--the driver had a couple of broken bones, but the crewman was unhurt. It looks as if the truck rolled completely over and the fuel tank (containing 20,000 litres of diesel) broke off of the back
The bad news is that this bridge is the only road link between the Aiyura Valley and the rest of the world--almost. There is a rough dirt road (which crosses over another partially falling down bridge), which for the moment is open to dirt bikes and smaller 4x4 trucks.