Photographer's Note

Now to something completely different. I don't often show pictures of bridges, and it's almost 2,5 years since I last uploaded a photo from my own country.

This is the Tjörn bridge, the third and last of a series of bridges linking the mainland north of Göteborg (Gothenburg) with the island of Tjörn off the Swedish west coast. Or rather: This was the Tjörn bridge.

I took this photo in September 1979 while returning to Göteborg from a TE-meeting (some 23 years before TE was started) with saxo042 and two other not so active members. We just stopped here briefly to admire the bridge catching the rays of the setting sun.

Just a few months later, during the night of January 18, 1980, a ship crashed into one of the "legs" of the bridge. The strong tremor caused by the crash, from a direction which the constructors clearly never anticipated, made the entire bridge collapse.

As the bridge crashed onto the boat its radio equipment was destroyed. Too much ice made it impossible for the crew (who all survived) to use the life-boat, and no mobile phones were available in 1980. So there was little the crew could do to raise an alarm. Before police and rescue teams arrived after 40 minutes six cars and one truck fell into the sea and eight people died.

In a workshop you can see a photo taken (not by me) later in the day after the disaster.

I have scanned my photo from a Kodachrome slide.

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