Mari Slån (24) is still struggling with pain after the bridge collapse in Tretten, Gutbrandsthalen – NRK Inlandet – Local news, TV and radio

Mari Slån (24) is still struggling with pain after the bridge collapse in Tretten, Gutbrandsthalen – NRK Inlandet – Local news, TV and radio

– I was sure I was going to die, the 24-year-old tells NRK.

On the morning of August 15 last year, the newly qualified teacher was at Aurvoll School to meet her students for the first day of school. Ahead of her, a lorry drives over to Tretton Prue, who follows in her car.

It all happened so quickly, but today she remembers it like it was in slow motion. Suddenly the lorry disappeared straight down and the asphalt was completely gone under the car she was sitting on.

The bridge collapses at Tretten in Gutbrandstallen

Saved Herself: Mari Slan managed to balance herself partially by crawling along a metal girder that was left a little on the side of the broken road over a broken bridge.

Photo: Lars Erik Schrefsrud / NRK

Inside the car compartment, she is tossed from side to side before the vehicle comes to rest on its front end in the foaming waters of the Gutbrandsthallegen.

She couldn’t imagine what had happened. The entire bridge collapsed.

– She says that the only thought I had then was that now I am going to drown.

– Struggling with pain

It has been almost ten months since the tragic accident. She was able to go to work every day after the incident.

But both the memories and the physical pain are still there, she says.

– I still struggle with pain today. It is present in the neck, back and head. I have headaches almost every day. It’s not optimal, it’s not. But I have been seeing a physiotherapist every two weeks and following up with my doctor, he says.

Mari Slan (24) in front of the new bridge in Tretton which is under construction.

Even more compelling: with sunglasses, short sleeves and bright pink trousers, he meets NRK on this hot summer day in Tretten. Mari is still reeling from the dramatic bridge collapse on 15 August 2022.

Photo: Alexander Nordby / NRK

Immediately after the incident, she had many ideas about what had happened. It was hard to understand what she was getting herself into.

He appreciates the support he received from family and friends. And she thinks she has a good following from employers in the municipality of Tredton and Coastal, where she lives.

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Read together: This is what it looked like on the morning of 15 August 2022 after the Tretton Bridge collapsed. On the left is a truck with a trailer that was on the bridge. On the right is the car driven by Mari Sloan.

Photo: Frode Meskau / NRK

Temporary iron bridge

A new, temporary steel bridge at Treton is soon to be ready. It shall have only one path and shall be light regulated at each end.

Anders Fosse Skjåk, construction manager in Innlandet County, says it’s not long until the bridge opens.

Anders Fosse Skjak, construction manager at Dredton Bridge.

TEMPORARY STEEL BRIDGE: Construction manager Anders Foss Skjak in front of the new temporary bridge being built in Treton.

Photo: Alexander Nordby / NRK

– We hope to open in late June. It is a bridge made up of various steel blocks. It’s a building block where you can build parts as often as you need. Cars will have one lane, he says, separated by separate sidewalks.

Can you now guarantee that this bridge is very safe to use?

– It is designed and built according to normal manual requirements. So it is like a normal bridge.

He says the dimensions of the bridge are suitable for use by large trucks and vehicles.

– I’m afraid

Mari Slan says she is still depressed today and finds it “disgusting” to be near the bridge in Tretton. She lives in Coastal and now has to make a huge detour through Lillehammer to get to and from work at Aurvoll School.

So she will try to use the new, temporary bridge when it is ready.

– I’m afraid, I do. But not the bridge that wins me over. I can walk and I can drive.

Passenger cars at Treton Bridge are lifted to the site.

Throw away: Nine days after the bridge collapse, the car Mari was driving is thrown away from the remains of the soda. He had borrowed the car from his parents as he was in his own car workshop on the day of the accident.

Photo: Roar Berntsen / NRK

He says some of the children at the school were very scared after the accident. Some of them even saw what happened. And many students like her will have to use the new bridge.

Not because of this, it’s important that she gets back to work quickly.

– I was pretty sure I’d come back and explain the day after the accident, and it went well. Then, like most kids, they had a thousand questions, Mari says.

Has your life changed in any way since this happened?

– Yes. I’m probably happier with life. I appreciate things now more than ever. And I really appreciate my family and friends who were there for me, she says.

Marie Sloan (24) watches construction work on the Teton Bridge.

– Disgusting: Marie Sloan says she’s still stressed and disgusted while at Treton Bridge.

Photo: Alexander Nordby / NRK

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