Work begins to remove the bus that crashed in Pontevedra from the river


The tasks are focused on measuring the resistance capacity of the viaduct in order to use a crane to lift the vehicle 29 meters.

Technicians and the crane carry out tests to lift the damaged bus.Salvador S.A.S.ECE

The works to try to remove from the bed of the river Lérez The bus hilly Saturday evening in Cerdedo-Cotobade (Pontevedra) began this Tuesday morning, when measurements will be taken to assess whether the viaduct over which the vehicle was launched is capable of supporting the load on the infrastructure that lifting the vehicle from a height of 29 meters would entail.

Since 8 a.m. on Tuesday, traffic has been cut off near the Pedre bridge, on which the Monbus company bus in which 9 people were traveling on Christmas Eve crashed. seven of whom died in the event.

With the search for victims concluded with the location of the body of a 50-year-old woman on Monday morning, tasks are now focused on removing the bus, which remains on the river bed in a narrow area of ​​the journey. of the Lerez.

For this reason, the main way to remove the damaged bus – the analysis of which will be essential to discover the causes of the tragic event – is to use a crane to lift the vehicle 29 meters to the bridge.

Tragedy on Christmas Eve

During the morning, operators and experts linked to the Ministry of Transport they installed plates along the viaduct to distribute the load. Then the strength tests of the bridge will take place, which could sink up to 15 centimeters due to the force involved in the complicated operation.

As the government delegate, José Miones, explained last Monday, the main option is pick up the whole bus but, in the event that this is not possible, it is not excluded that you have to resort to your housing estate.

The drop in the flow of the Lárez River after the cessation of heavy rains last week will facilitate that, if the load tests are satisfactory, the lifting operation can be attempted this Tuesday. The objective is not to delay the operation in view of the forecasts for the return of rains to the area this Wednesday.

Since Monday morning, firefighters and agents of the Mountain Civil Guard have been alighting on the bus to carry out tasks in preparation for the evacuation of the vehicle from the river.

Thus, professionals have cut trees and removed parts of the bus body to lighten its weight and also prevent water from concentrating inside the cabin.

Accident on Christmas Eve

The incident occurred at around 9:20 p.m. this Christmas Saturday evening, when a bus from the Monbus company, on the regular line between Lugo and Vigorushed into the river at kilometer 67.5 of the N-541, in the parish of Pedre, over a bridge about 35 meters high.

Two of the deceased were rescued the same night as the event, with a strong storm and through a “lifeline”, as it was very difficult and dangerous to reach the bus. Four other victims were located on Sunday and the seventh died on Monday.

Shortly after the crash, emergency services rescued the bus driver alive, who was transferred to Clínico Hospital in Santiago and has since been released. The man tested negative for alcohol and drug tests. A woman was also saved alive, who was evacuated to Montecelo Hospital in Pontevedra.

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