In 1912, the Paratka Bridge collapsed due to major structural problems with its middle arch. It killed 15 people and injured 21 people on the bridge at that time. Many drowned and several animals also fell into the Dortmund River. The architectural firm, deAmmar and Company, immediately fled to Lovia to seek asylum. Later on, three possibilities were discovered to have happened:
- There was a weight limit of 1000 tons, however sometimes the scale used before crossing the bridge would not work properly.
- A bomb exploded for some reason.
- The cheap stone was imported from an Austrian quarry that was not respected of, and was not recommended due to possible flaws.
The Paratka Bridge was eventually succeeded by the Ambroos Bridge. During the construction of the Ambroos Bridge, a government-operated ferry was used.