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Dad Jumps From Bridge With 2 Kids; Then, a 'Miracle'

2 boys found injured but alive; father is dead

(Newser) - A father parked his vehicle on a New Jersey overpass, grabbed his two young sons in his arms, maneuvered around an 8-foot-high suicide prevention fence, then jumped, killing himself on Monday, police say. The boys, ages 1 and 3, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. An hour earlier, around 7pm, the unidentified man... More »

14 Dead in India Overpass Collapse

150 feared trapped under concrete, metal in Kolkata

(Newser) - At least 14 people are dead and another 150 feared trapped after a half-finished overpass collapsed onto traffic Thursday in Kolkata, India. Witnesses tell the Indian Express they heard an explosion and a crash, then "a cloud of smoke emerged." Paramedics and bystanders were attempting to rescue people... More »

One Dead in Ohio Highway Overpass Collapse

Big-rig driver cheats death by seconds

(Newser) - A construction worker was killed and a tractor-trailer driver injured when an interstate overpass undergoing demolition collapsed in Cincinnati last night, fire and emergency medical officials say. The Cincinnati Fire Department says the collapse onto southbound Interstate 75 happened near Hopple Street north of downtown at about 10:30pm. Police... More »

New Bridge Collapses; NTSB Warns Many More at Risk

Train cars derail, slam into overpass in Missouri

(Newser) - The nation's bridges and overpasses are proving particularly vulnerable to having their support systems knocked out, with a highway overpass in Missouri becoming the latest victim, reports the AP . The span partially collapsed yesterday after a train derailment sent rail cars smashing into support columns, causing two 40-foot sections... More »

Drunk Driver Dangles Off Overpass

Matthew Hamilton had a .50 blood alcohol level

(Newser) - Need a reminder about the dangers of driving at .50 blood alcohol level? An inebriated Oregon man dangled off an overpass in his truck for nearly an hour yesterday while rescue crews struggled to save him, the Oregonian reports. Matthew Hamilton, 38, had driven his pickup off an overpass in... More »

Bay Area Overpass Collapses

Oakland Tanker explosion and fire close busy freeway

(Newser) - A speeding 8,600-gallon gas tanker smashed into a guardrail early yesterday on a Bay Area highway, causing a fireball that melted an overpass above it. The driver sustained minor injuries, and no one else was hurt. But the collapsed overpass, which carried traffic eastbound from the Baby Bridge, closed... More »

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