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GENOA, Italy – Engineering experts determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the Genoa highway bridge had reduced the bridge’s strength by 20 percent – a finding that came months before it collapsed last week, an Italian newsmagazine reported Monday. Despite the findings, Espresso wrote that `’neither the ministry, nor the highway company, ever considered it necessary to limit traffic, divert heavy trucks, reduce the roadway from two to one lanes or reduce the speed” of vehicles on the key artery for the northern port city.
Italy’s president demanded guarantees Saturday that all the nation’s roads are safe following the Genoa highway bridge collapse, after he hugged and comforted mourners at a state funeral for many of the dead in the grieving port city.
With anger and grief, Italians began burying some of their dead Friday from the Genoa highway bridge collapse, holding funerals in the victims’ hometowns. Several angry families rebuffed the offer of a state funeral and the cardinal of Naples was merciless in his condemnation of negligence by Italian officials.
A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa collapsed in a driving rain Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 16 others as it sent dozens of vehicles tumbling into a heap of concrete and twisted steel.
Construction of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six people in the Miami area was behind schedule and millions over budget, in part because of a key change in the design and placement of one of its support towers.
An engineer left a voicemail two days before a catastrophic bridge failure in Miami to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span, but the voicemail wasn’t picked up until after the collapse, Florida Department of Transportation officials said Friday.
Three of the parties accused of playing a role in the 2013 collapse of the Skagit River Bridge have accepted responsibility.
Almost all the hotels, restaurants and state parks cut off when a bridge on the Central California coast crumbled last month remain closed, but Kurt Mayer chose to keep his deli and taproom open – even though it’s costing him.
A union demanded an investigation into the collapse of the Post Street bridge, which killed three workers, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on Feb. 10, 1917.
Work on the Post Street bridge was stopped until further notice, because to proceed “would be criminal,” said the city engineer. Two workers, including the project superintendent, Dave Cullen, died when the falsework supporting the structure collapsed and sent dozens of men into the icy Spokane River. A third man, previously missing and believed dead, had been found alive. Yet many others were still in the hospital with serious injuries.
Tragedy struck at the Post Street bridge construction project when the “falsework” – temporary framework – collapsed, sending up to 30 workers into the icy torrent.
A suspension bridge popular with tourists in a rural area of central Colombia has failed, killing at least seven people and injuring 14 more.
At least eight people were killed and 30 others injured Sunday after a small suspension bridge crowded with people returning from temple prayers collapsed near the Indonesian resort island of Bali, officials said.
From our archives, 100 years ago Four experts examined the wreckage of the Division Street Bridge, in which five people were killed, and blamed “granulation or crystallization of one of the chord bars,” or what would today be termed metal fatigue.
From our archives, 100 years ago The Division Street Bridge collapse, which killed five, dominated the news the day after the disaster.
From our archives, 100 years ago One of the deadliest accidents in Spokane history occurred when the Division Street Bridge collapsed into the icy Spokane River just after 6 a.m.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Detoured traffic from the collapsed I-5 Skagit River bridge has led to an increase in crashes in Mount Vernon.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – One of three people who ended up in the chilly Skagit River after a bridge collapsed in Washington says she can’t swim and credits her husband with saving her life. Sally and Dan Sligh were driving across the Interstate 5 bridge Thursday when a semitruck clipped a steel truss on the span, causing it to crumple. Their pickup truck plunged into the water, along with one other vehicle.