Alphen aan den Rijn crane crash: contractors are liable

alphen aan den rijn crane bridgeAlphen aan den Rijn council is holding contractors liable for the bridge accident ten days ago which destroyed a number of buildings.

Mayor Liesbeth Spies said on Thursday she holds the contractors Mourik and BSB Staalbouw responsible because they did not ‘provide what was agreed’ and are therefore ‘liable’, news agency ANP reports.

The accident happened during extensive renovation of the Juliana bridge in the town. Two cranes which were lifting part of the new bridge into position toppled over, destroying or damaging around 50 properties. No one was hurt.

Spies said it could take weeks before the cranes and the bridge section are removed and months before the rubble is cleared.

In the meantime, people evacuated from their homes on August 3 are currently living in a youth care centre.

The contractors have already said they will pay an advance on compensation of  €2,000 for individuals and  €5,000 for businesses.


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