That's what I watched for; the propwash of backing down starts about 9' in. No appreciable astern until about 36', about same time of colliding.
Whoever was at helm was not just drunk but asleep. Can't account for who manned engine order telegraph. Those are only signals, aren't like a gas pedal or brake, they don't operate throttles or backing gear. I expect someone ran to the bridge or called engine room and ordered a crashback.
What about the drivers on the roadway? Was everybody on their phone, how do you observe superstructure above eye level and think "oh, it'll be ok".
...we'll learn more by wandering than searching...
The October 1970 Disaster was a tragedy that occurred during the construction of the Westgate Bridge in Melbourne. 35 people died making it Australia's worst-ever industrial accident. https://tinyurl.com/24ka6ldk
The Tasman Bridge disaster occurred on the evening of 5 January 1975, in Hobart. The bulk carrier Lake Illawarra collided with two piers dropping 127m of roadway. 12 people died in the disaster: seven crew of the Lake Illawarra and five motorists. https://tinyurl.com/ydyu8cy6
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