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Fact Check: 2018 Video Goes Viral As Recent Bridge Collapse In Russia


In the Smolensk Region of Russia, the Paninsky Overpass in Vyazma town collapsed on April 8. Local emergency services reported that at least two vehicles were on the overpass at the time. Six people were injured and one lost life, according to the Russia Today (RT). Meantime, a video has been widely circulating online, claiming that this train bridge collapse recently happened in Russia.

The Facebook post reads: “⚡🚨BREAKING Russia: The moment of the bridge collapsed in the Smolensk region – just another bridge. Keep always informed Subscribe to WW3INFO “.

The above post can be seen here. (Archive)


NewsMobile fact-checked the video in question, and found it to be false.

Conducting a Reverse Image Search of the video keyframes, the NM identified a post of the same video on X, shared by user @Adagamov on October 10, 2018. The accompanying caption translated from Russian to English indicated that the video depicted the “destruction” of a bridge in the Amur region.

With a relevant keyword search, we found a report by RT, dated October 9, 2018, featuring a clip similar to the viral video.

According to the RT report, a motorway bridge collapsed onto the Trans-Siberian railway station in the Amur region of Russia while a truck was traversing it. The truck driver was subsequently hospitalised due to the incident.

Furthermore, AP released a video of the recent bridge collapse in Vyazma on their YouTube channel on April 8th, crediting the footage to the Ministry of Emergency Services of Russia.

Hence, we can conclusively say that a 2018 video depicting a bridge collapse has been falsely linked to the recent bridge collapse in Russia.

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