Motorists have been spotted risking their lives by removing safety barriers to drive across a flood-battered Cumbrian bridge in danger of collapse, council officials said yesterday.
The drivers of two vans and a car were caught on CCTV getting out of their vehicles, removing barriers and warning signs, then driving across the Calva Bridge in Workington — which engineers have declared unsafe.
The bridge is a mile downstream from Northside Bridge which collapsed taking the life of Pc Bill Barker last Friday.
Calva Bridge was then blocked off by police on Sunday and declared in danger of imminent collapse, as it appeared part of the structure was sagging following “biblical” floods and high winds.
The only road bridge over the River Derwent connecting north and south Workington means a detour of 10 miles — apparently too far for some — who have instead risked crossing the bridge.