German engineer charged over collapse of Kurimany Bridge

IN THE case of the November 2012 collapse of a highway bridge under construction close to the village of Kurimany in the Prešov Region that claimed four lives, the investigator has pressed criminal charges of public endangerment against a German structural engineer.

The ill-fated Kurimany bridge after its collapseThe ill-fated Kurimany bridge after its collapse(Source: Sme)

According to the prosecution, the German national, identified only as Sabina H., performed structural calculations and drafted specifications for bridge support structure No 206 on the Jánovce-Jablonov section of the D1 highway, in the administrative district of the village of Iliašovce in the area of Spišská Nová Ves.

“In it, she incorrectly designed the mutual bracing of support structures which caused the given construction to become unstable on November 2, 2012, during the laying of concrete and subsequent loading,” Košice Regional Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Milan Filičko told the TASR newswire. “The bridge cracked and part of the structure collapsed.”

Read also:Pravda: Cost cutting led to D1 highway bridge collapse

Due to the error in the structural engineering, four workers died while another 11 suffered injuries; and the National Highway Company (NDS) incurred property damage worth more than €96,000. “The Prosecutor’s Office considers the investigator’s decision lawful. It will be translated into German and delivered via the relevant German judicial bodies to the accused.

Read also:Victims’ families to get compensation

 

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Theme: Corruption & scandals


This article is also related to other trending topics: Highways

Top stories

“By a sharp knife” cuts through the heart of injustice in Slovakia

A film inspired by the 2005 murder of student Daniel Tupý will be premiered to the Slovak public on February 21.

Director Teodor Kuhn behind the scenes of Ostrým Nožom.

The moment that changed my perception of the media

One flew over the newsprint: Images from the history of the Sme daily

Alexej Fulmek (right) and Karol Ježík in the early days of Sme.

Stravinsky: Listening is an effort, and just hearing is no merit

Winter edition of the prominent chamber music festival Konvergencie focuses on Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.

Igor Stravinsky and Robert Roth

Hamšík leaves Napoli for Chinese team

He played football for the Napoli team for 12 years.

Marek Hamšík