Construction worker mourned in I-75 bridge collapse

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Construction worker mourned in I-75 bridge collapse.

The Cincinnati police chief urged morning commuters to plan ahead on Tuesday after an interstate overpass undergoing demolition collapsed, killing one person and injuring another.CINCINNATI — At least one person was killed in a “major” collapse of an Interstate 75 overpass north of the new Hopple Street bridge, according to police dispatch. 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.

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.

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