A bridge in a rural area of Saskatchewan collapsed just hours after its opening last Friday, with the cause of the collapse still under investigation. Fortunately no one was injured but local farmers, who would be the bridge's primary users, are temporarily out of luck.
Local politician Reeve Duane Hicks expressed frustration to The Canadian Press, but stopped sort of placing blame, saying "The company did not build a bridge to fall over. We sure didn’t buy a bridge to fall over... [The cause of the collapse is] an unknown fact at this time so we cannot point fingers at anybody."
The bridge's builder, Can-Struct Systems Inc, has commissioned an independent investigation on what caused the prompt collapse. The running theory for now, according to the local Rural Municipality of Clayton No. 333 on Facebook, is that something shifted in the river bed, which caused an unpredictable collapse.
Hicks told The Canadian Press that plans to replace the bridge is underway, and that local tax payers won't foot the bill for the cost. Hopefully the replacement will last at least a few weeks.