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M1 bridge collapse victim: Why me?

18 July, 10:04 AM

"Why did it have to happen to me? Why am I in so much pain?"

These are the words Bryce Carlinsky sometimes asks when the pain from his injuries gets unbearable. 

The 20-year-old was one of those injured in the M1/Grayston pedestrian and cycle bridge collapse in October last year.

Carlinsky fell into a coma after a steel pipe landed on the taxi he was travelling in.

After days in a coma and months in-and-out of hospital, Carlinsky said even though he's still in pain he is grateful to be alive.

"I'm thankful I'm still here. I'm still able to chill with my friends and have my family around me," he said.

His injuries varied from a brain bleed, a dislocated shoulder, to a pelvic fracture.

Carlinsky still depends on a crutch to walk and is still undergoing physiotherapy.

Construction company Murray and Roberts, which built the bridge, has been covering his medical expenses.

Two people were killed and 19 injured when the structure collapsed.

An inquiry into the cause of the collapse is underway in Braamfontein, Joburg.

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