Officials: 1 dead, 1 injured in overpass collapse in Ohio

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.

Reports say traffic is slowing on northbound Interstate 71 coming into Cincinnati from Kentucky and on southbound 71 by the Interstate 275 interchange. 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. As the old bridge collapsed to the ground, a semi driver crashed into the rubble almost simultaneously — some of the debris still falling onto the front of the semi. 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.

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