Movement of vehicles on Bengaluru-Mangaluru highway restored

The Dakshina Kannada police have restored normal movement on the old bridge near Udane village, Uppinangady, on Wednesday afternoon. The police had stopped movement of vehicles across the bridge after it was partly damaged following fall of the trailer portion of the LPG tanker into the stream.

The trailer of the Bengaluru-bound LPG tanker fell into the stream flowing into the Kumaradhara river on Tuesday evening. A portion of the embankment of the bridge was damaged in the accident. The police had diverted movement of Bengaluru-bound vehicles at Uppinangady, while those coming to Mangaluru were diverted at Nellyadi.

The district police wanted the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to certify the condition the bridge before allowing movement of vehicles across it.

Assistant Superintendent of Police C.B. Ryshyanth said NHAI experts on bridges from Mysuru inspected the Udane bridge for an hour and found no damage. After it was certified as safe, normal movement was restored at 3 p.m., he said.

Pile up

Earlier in the day, heavy vehicles piled up on both sides of the Udane Bridge. While waiting for the NHAI officials, the police decided to clear the pile up by allowing slow movement of vehicles across the bridge.

On Tuesday evening, the police had asked villagers in the downstream not to use the water for few hours as LPG had leaked into the water. The Mangaluru City Corporation and Puttur Town Municipality did not pump water from the Kumaradhara on Tuesday.

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