外文标题：China driver fined 100 years' income over bridge collapse
BEIJING: A Chinese truck driver was fined 2.7 million yuan - 100 years' average income for city dwellers - and jailed for three years after his overloaded vehicle caused a bridge to collapse, reports said on Thursday.
Zhang Wenjun's sand-laden lorry weighed 160 tonnes when he tried to cross a concrete bridge in Huairou on the outskirts of Beijing and the structure gave way, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
The Intermediate People's Court in the capital imposed on Zhang a penalty equivalent to $440,000, Xinhua said, reducing his original fine of 15.6 million yuan levied by a lower court.
According to official statistics, the average income for Chinese urban residents stood at 26,959 yuan in 2012.
Zhang's wife said the family depends solely on him and that he has a son, daughter and mother to support, adding that they cannot afford to pay the fine, the Beijing Times newspaper said.
The case has triggered wide controversy on the Chinese Internet, with many suspicious that poor quality construction and maintenance could have been responsible for the accident in July 2011.
Problems with infrastructure often make headlines in Chinese newspapers, with corruption regularly alleged to be a factor.
One poster on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter, said the sentence "will be mocked by people for 10,000 thousand years".
Another added: "I think the bridge is probably made of bean curd."
R Gautm (meri rai)
China always set an example for India...... can we control such incidents in our city...
Dhurender Bhatawdekar ()
The vehicle has the capacity to carry but the concrete bridge is cannot withstand. Then either the Vehicle manufacturer should be punished or the Bridge contractor or the Supplier who allowed his cargo to load. Or the policy maker who did not mentioned rules for such situation. If the driver could think so much about physics and constriction .. he wouldnt be driving.
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We are well aware of the quality of Chinese goods and this is a proof. China is also good at counterfeit products of leading brands; seems like they tried their luck in duplicating a bridge too....
Shalabh Rastogi (Unknown)
This fine can not cover the poor construction quality and negligence of contractors..
Malcolm Fisher (Unknown)
100years wages whats the point to these ridiculous fines if the person can't pay its pointless
China driver fined 100 years' income over bridge collapse
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"I think the bridge is probably made of bean curd." hahahahhahahahahhahaaha Just can't stop laughing. Its a concrete bridge and not the suspension bridge of old times ... China is well developed and renouned to build high quality bridges .... the one including the record making 36 km bridge. But still, they acuse the truck driver for the fall of bridge. It's the unqiue one and will be remembered for long.
Jsk (your neighbour )
bridge of china also made in china !!! like any other chinese goods they are useless and less viable and detoriate fast !! china ka maal hahaha
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Observer (LAC) replies to Jsk
Very true, unlike quality bullock carts and trains made in India that can survive hundreds of years of robust use. All products made in India are renown all over the world for their superb quality. Also, houses, bridges, dams, etc in India have never collapsed.
is the news correct. Are there trucks which can carry 160 Tonnes. I recall there were trucks from Volvo which can carry 100 tonnes but 160 Tonnes is too much. They should tell us the company that built that truck.
roy (Location) replies to ankit.mantri
The most powerful trucks in the world can carry 400 tons of iron ore. It is used in Australia's mining site. It is too expensive so Australian company order another truck from China which can carry 300 tons. This truck is built in Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co. Ltd, Hunan Province. This company is also a subsidiary company of CSR which produce CRH high speed bullet train. China can't produce most advanced gasoline engine but can produce most powerful diesel engine.