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Final damage bill unknown

Thursday, 20th September, 2018

By Emily Roberts

Initial predictions of a half-a-million-dollar damage bill after an excavator slammed into the Kanandah Road railway bridge may have been over-estimated, but the final cost is still not known.

At the start of August, a semi-trailer loaded with an excavator crashed into underpass.

The truck belonged to the contractors building the Wentworth to Broken Hill pipeline.

The 30-tonne excavator was half knocked off the semi-trailer as it continued under the bridge, scraping along the road and coming to a halt after clearing the other side.

During the incident, pipeline workers scrambled onto the scene and closed the road to traffic at either side of the accident site.

Police, firefighters and Essential Energy workers were also called to the scene, along with workers from the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

ARTC media said in August that the repairs had been finished and the bridge was re-opened through the middle of the month.

“We will do some final assessments on the bridge,” an ARTC spokesman said.

“The cost will be roughly around $100,000 mark in repair costs.

“Recovery of this cost will be subject to insurance discussions.”

A Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline spokeswoman wouldn’t reveal a final costing of damage to the excavator.

“The matter is now in the hands of insurers,” she said.

“The project’s safety team will continue to monitor the implementation of safe loading and inspecting procedures, as part of the project’s ongoing operations.”

Police initially said it appeared the excavator’s boom was not all the way down when it hit the bridge.

They fined the Broken Hill truck driver $2319 for disobeying a road sign and the 44-year-old lost six demerit points.

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