Bridge collapses on freeway from LA to Vegas

Sinead Moore
California Wildfire
California Wildfire

A bridge in California went up in flames causing it to collapse onto a main freeway from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

A worker accidentally ignited a fire on the $32 million bridge the size of a football field on May 5 causing the entire structure to crash to the ground across Interstate 15 in Hesperia.

According to Josh Wilkins, San Bernardino County Fire Captain, the blaze started when a blowtorch ignited the wooden supports of the Ranchero Road overpass.

High winds caused the fire to spread rapidly.

Debris began to fall onto the freeway and the road was closed to traffic at 1.30pm on Monday.

Heavy equipment was used to drag collapsed remnants out of lanes.

The blaze burned throught the night, reports the New York Daily News.

Crews worked endlessly to contain the fire that engulfed the bridge. High winds made it increasingly hard for firefighters to put out the massive fire.

After a year and a half of construction, the bridge was reduced to rubble. The blaze took minutes to bring the entire structure to the ground, reports the Daily Mail.

A section of the 15 Freeway remained closed yesterday.

Luckily, noone was hurt during the dramatic collapse.

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