A light pole collapsed on the Anzac Bridge today, but authorities don't yet know why

The light pole which fell on the Anzac Bridge today without warning.

Disaster was narrowly averted on Sydney’s busy Anzac Bridge this afternoon when a 15-metre high light pole toppled over without warning this afternoon.

No-one was injured when the pole crashed to the ground along the pedestrian walkway just after midday, landing on the safety railing rather than across the eight lane roadway, one of the city’s major western arterial routes.

A local on the scene shortly after the accident said it looked like the base of the pole had rusted away. Workmen were

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson told Business Insider they are investigating the cause of the collapse.

“An inspection of the light poles on Anzac Bridge was carried out last November as part of a major review of the poles to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians< " the spokesperson said. Early last year, around a dozen poles were replaced as the 20-year-old bridge underwent a major maintenance overhaul.

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