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Report: Experts knew Genoa bridge had weakened 20 percent

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018

Italy’s leader demands safe roads; bridge toll rises to 43

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 …


Anger engulfs families as Italy buries its bridge victims

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018

Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018

Key design change stymied bridge cost, schedule

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018

State: Voicemail left about cracks 2 days before bridge fell

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 …


Some parties accept responsibility in 2013 Skagit River Bridge collapse

Three of the parties accused of playing a role in the 2013 collapse of the Skagit River Bridge have accepted responsibility.


Bridge closure leaves California’s Big Sur community reeling

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 …


100 years ago in Spokane: Union demands answers into collapse of Post Street Bridge, which killed 3 workers

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.


100 years ago in Spokane: Work on Post Street Bridge suspended after two men killed and many injured when falsework collapses

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 …


100 years ago in Spokane: Multiple workers presumed dead when framework collapses during bridge construction

Tragedy struck at the Post Street bridge construction project when the “falsework” – temporary framework – collapsed, sending up to 30 workers into the icy torrent.


Popular suspension bridge fails in Colombia, killing seven

A suspension bridge popular with tourists in a rural area of central Colombia has failed, killing at least seven people and injuring 14 more.


8 killed after bridge collapses near Indonesia’s Bali island

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 …


100 years ago in Spokane: Cause emerges for Division Street Bridge collapse

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 …


100 years ago in Spokane: Crowds swarm scene of Division Street bridge collapse

From our archives, 100 years ago The Division Street Bridge collapse, which killed five, dominated the news the day after the disaster.


100 years ago in Spokane: 5 killed when Divison Street bridge collapses with two streetcars on top

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.


I-5 detours increases crashes in Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Detoured traffic from the collapsed I-5 Skagit River bridge has led to an increase in crashes in Mount Vernon.


Couple recounts fall after bridge collapse

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 …


I-5 could reopen in three weeks; temporary spans planned

SEATTLE – Federal investigators used 3-D laser scans Sunday to study what remained of a collapsed Washington bridge as Gov. Jay Inslee announced temporary spans will be installed across the …


State, country must learn from collapse, official says

SEATTLE – The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday the bridge collapse in Washington is a wake-up call for the nation. “This is a really significant event, …


Area bridges are safe, officials say

Though many area bridges rate poorly on national standards of structural integrity, safety precautions make a collapse unlikely, city and county engineers said Friday. “One of the reasons this is …


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2013

Wash. I-5 bridge collapse caused by oversize load

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — A truck carrying an oversize load struck a bridge on the major thoroughfare between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span and two vehicles …