1 dead, 1 injured in Ohio I-75 overpass collapse

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Construction worker mourned in I-75 bridge collapse.

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati police chief urged morning commuters to plan ahead Tuesday after an interstate overpass undergoing demolition collapsed, killing one person and injuring another. Drivers should stay away from the collapsed overpass north of downtown Cincinnati and leave with plenty of time to get to work, chief Jeff Blackwell said after Monday night’s accident. The highway will be shut down indefinitely.(Photo: Cameron Knight, The Cincinnati Enquirer) CINCINNATI — As city officials continue to investigate what caused an I-75 bridge overpass that was undergoing demolition to collapse late Monday, a construction worker who was killed is being mourned. The “catastrophic pancake collapse” happened about 10:30 p.m. as a crew prepared for demolition of the old Hopple Street overpass, according to a statement from the City of Cincinnati.

Crystal Hargett, of Bracken County, said she got a phone call shortly after 10:30 p.m. from her husband, Billy, saying that he had just lost his best friend. He rushed over to try, unsuccessfully, to save the victim. “Billy said he just pulled his brother out,” Crystal Hargett said through tears. “They were so close that (Billy) called him his brother. They drove to work together every day.” “You’re looking at three children under the age of 9 at home in Kentucky that are going to wake up looking for their daddy,” Hargett said. “And his fiance, they were high school sweethearts. The city tweeted: “Plan ahead, leave early, expect delays.” Over the course of the night, dozens of onlookers had stopped their cars on the new Hopple Street bridge, on the shoulder of the interstate or on a nearby off ramp.

Tieke, of Cincinnati, ran heavy equipment in the Army and for the city for 30 years. “I don’t know how this could have happened,” Tieke said. “Accidents happen.

Here you can write a commentary on the recording "1 dead, 1 injured in Ohio I-75 overpass collapse".

* Required fields
All the reviews are moderated.
Twitter-news
Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts

About this site