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Shocking Video Shows Moment Bridge Collapses Under Four Hikers in New Zealand

Impacting Travel | Gabe Zaldivar | October 09, 2015

Shocking Video Shows Moment Bridge Collapses Under Four Hikers in New Zealand

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Bridges are amazing contraptions that allow us to traverse a wide chasm easily; unless that bridge collapses then it quickly becomes a nightmare ride into the river below.

That’s exactly what happened to a group of travelers who put their belief in a suspension bridge.

Unfortunately, that bridge let them down, figuratively and literally.

The shocking video below was posted to YouTube by Adrien Whistle on Oct. 5 and has already amassed over 1.1 million views.

Now before you watch this video of four backpackers falling 26 feet into the water, let me inform you that thankfully nobody was seriously hurt.

It was just one unexpected and terrifying ride into the water:

The New Zealand Herald (h/t Fox News) has more on the truly petrifying video. According to the report, the incident actually took place on Sept. 3 at the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk in New Zealand.

The publication spoke with Department of Conservation Operations Manager Mike Slater who explained that this particular expanse, the Hopu Ruahine bridge in Hawkes Bay, can carry a load of 10 people but failed in this case because a cable was released.

Here is what he had to say via the New Zealand Herald: “As a result, that has upset the stability of the bridge and that's where people that were on the bridge have slipped off and fallen.”

The report seconds the fact that nobody was seriously injured, which is the good news here.

Slater continued, offering that this incident was an “extremely rare occurrence and we just need to understand in this particular case exactly what did happen.”

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