A-7 Trial Draws Closer

The bridge collapse tragedy – the worst work-related accident in the history of the province, will finally reach the courts this coming February. Today was the 6th anniversary of this this tragic accident that claimed six lives.

On the 7th of November 2005, a cement-laying bridging section of the structure over the Río Verde gave way, spilling workers 67 metres to the ground below – five of the workers killed were Portuguese. Now, finally, ten people who are considered responsible for this incident, to varying degrees, will sit before a judge.

The hearing will take place in Motril’s Criminal Court Nº1, where it will be decided what actually caused the structure to give way. The Public Prosecutor is recommending between three and a half and four years for each of the accused. The workers union, UGT, is asking for a much harsher sentence; a total of 52 years and 45 years barred from working in the industry for the ten accused, but even that is dwarfed by what the other national union, the CCOO, is asking for: a 288 year prison sentence.

On the day of the accident, a Dutch tourist was standing next to the bridge, taking photographs – he was fascinated by bridging process; as he later explained, because where he comes from, the land is flat. He had finished taking photos on his small ‘holiday-snap’ camera and was getting into his car when a rendering sound shrieked out behind him. He had enough time to snap off two shots. These photographs went around the world, reproduced in newspapers and magazines, as well as shown as stills on prime-time TV.

The man was Fred Nederlof. He approached the Seaside Gazette and asked Georg to handle the distribution and payment for the images, which he did, negotiating the price with media outlets and giving it all to Fred, who made sure the money received went  to the deceased workers’ families.

(News: Almuñécar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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