Over Loaded Trucker that Caused Bridge Collapse Presented with 156 Million RMB Bill

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collapsed bridge 300x190 Over Loaded Trucker that Caused Bridge Collapse Presented with 156 Million RMB Bill

On July 19th of last year a 34 year old trucker who has only been named Mr. Zhang by Chinese media sources was trucking sand across the outskirts of Beijing, his 110 ton truck caused a bridge to collapse. After a year long police investigation the courts have come to the decision that the blame is solely on Mr. Zhang’s shoulders due to his overloading ways, Mr. Zhang’s defense so far seems to be that he was just doing what he was told by the trucking company.

It’s unclear how, or even if, Mr. Zhang is able to pay his 156 million RMB but we suspect that the bailiffs will have a hard time collecting.

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Frank entered the automotive industry via his father's instructions. He grew up with cars around him, especially as his father was a major auto restorer, Frank's childhood was spent passing beers, tools and coffee to his father whilst he explained the ins and outs of engines. Frank now works in the Chinese car industry at a specific manufacturer.


  • Gerald
    July 25, 2012

    I’ll state the obvious, but it appears that insurance coverage works a bit differently over here.

  • tryr
    July 26, 2012

    110t..holy..no common sense!

  • Jason
    July 27, 2012

    I guess common sense works a bit differently over there also?

  • Mike
    July 27, 2012

    Insurance companys here in china will not fully cover your car if it gets rearended at a red ligth.
    So for this guy the will cover nothing, i also guess the employer also will only blame the driver…….

  • Straydog
    July 31, 2012

    Hmm…so what will happen in this case? Driver earns maybe a few thousand per month. How much will he have to give away? Will the bridge get repaired somehow?

    Oh, and can one of you people with engineering skills tell me (roughly) why the whole bridge collapsed and not just the part with the truck on it? Was there tension in the bridge before or was the whole bridge not built well? It looks like a very long stretch collapsed. Thanks!

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