Lorry driver held over bridge damage

A 56-year-old lorry driver has been arrested in connection with the damage to the bottom of an overhead bridge in Raffles Boulevard. The crane boom, or lifting arm, of the lorry had allegedly caused the damage to the bridge linking Marina Square and
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A 56-year-old lorry driver has been arrested in connection with the damage to the bottom of an overhead bridge in Raffles Boulevard. The crane boom, or lifting arm, of the lorry had allegedly caused the damage to the bridge linking Marina Square and Millenia Walk yesterday.

Police received a call about the accident at around 11.50am. It appeared that the driver did not retract the boom, and it scraped the bottom of the bridge while passing under it. The Straits Times understands that more than 50 panels at the bridge were damaged. Police investigations are ongoing.

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said last night the bridge's structural integrity is not affected by the incident. BCA has directed the bridge owners to appoint a professional engineer to conduct a detailed investigation and recommend permanent rectification works.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2016, with the headline 'Lorry driver held over bridge damage'. Print Edition | Subscribe