Belt bridge torn down after being damaged

Posted at 5:13 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 19:13:27-04

The suspension bridge in Belt has been torn down after being damaged over the weekend.

Several people said the bridge collapsed after at least 20 people were on it, jumping up and down and making it swing back and forth, however, one person said there was only six people on the bridge and they were intoxicated.

The bridge went down slowly due to the cables, so there were no serious injuries.

We have been told that authorities plan to file charges against the people responsible.

Belt Mayor Jim Olson lives only a few hundred feet from the bridge and heard when it happened.

He said that this is a huge loss for Belt: “This was an icon for our community. People have come from all over to go to the brewery and to go to the swinging bridge. I think people all over the country are mourning the loss of this bridge today."

Olson added that a lot of people were in town over the weekend for the Craig Cummings Memorial Basketball Tournament.

The suspension bridge was built in 1931, but the cable structure was only 40 years old.

In 2011, crews replaced the side railings, wood, and cables.

We will update you as we get more information.

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