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Technical fault leaves London's Tower Bridge stuck

By Zarrin Ahmed
Technical fault leaves London's Tower Bridge stuck
The London Tower Bridge was closed Monday due to technical problems that caused the bridge to remain stuck. Screenshot by The Sun/YouTube

Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A technical failure leaving London's Tower Bridge stuck open on Monday afternoon caused a traffic jam of both cars and pedestrians.

The bascules -- movable sections of the road on the bridge that can be raised and lowered -- of the famous bridge were jammed upright after allowing a Jubilee Trust Tall Ship to pass through.

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The technical fault caused long lines of traffic for both cars and pedestrians on either side of the bridge. The city's police urged residents to avoid the area.

The 787-foot bridge was built in 1894 and crosses over the Thames River. The hydraulic bascules, which were once steam-powered, are now driven by oil and electricity.

The bridge was stuck a year ago due to what the official bridge's Twitter account called a mechanical failure, according to CNN. Engineers fixed the problem and reopened the bridge the next day.

In 2005, police closed the bridge for 10 hours citing technical problems.

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