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Family's Bodies Found Days After Genoa Bridge Collapse

Officials believe all missing have been accounted for

(Newser) - It's been nearly a week since an "apocalyptic" bridge collapse in Italy, and the death toll has climbed for perhaps the last time. Reuters reports the bodies of three family members—the last three people believed missing—were pulled from a crushed car over the weekend in the... More »

Survivors Pulled From Cars as Bridge Collapse Toll Hits 35

'There was total panic,' Genoa survivor says

(Newser) - Rescuers say the scene—and the task before them—is similar to the aftermath of an earthquake, but the cause of the disaster in Genoa was very different. The confirmed death toll from Tuesday's bridge collapse now stands at 35, including at least three children, and rescuers worked long... More »

'Apocalyptic Scene' on a Genoa Bridge

250-foot section collapses, killing at least 25

(Newser) - A witness described an "apocalyptic scene" Tuesday in Genoa, Italy, where a 250-foot section of the Morandi Bridge on the A10 highway collapsed in a fierce storm, reports the AP . Mayor Marco Bucci says at least 25 people have been confirmed dead. The bridge is 300 feet high, and... More »

Bridge Was Delayed, Over Budget After Design Change

It's not clear whether change contributed to collapse in Florida

(Newser) - 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. Documents obtained by the AP through a public-records request show... More »

Voicemail About Cracks in Collapsed Bridge Went Unheard

But engineer with FIGG Bridge Group didn't think the cracks were an issue

(Newser) - On Thursday, the 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed in deadly fashion; on Friday, a Florida Department of Transportation employee finally heard the voicemail an engineer left on a landline three days prior, reports the AP . In the message, Denney Pate with FIGG Bridge Group noted cracking had... More »

Florida Bridge Collapse May Lead to Criminal Charges

Death toll is confirmed at 6, expected to rise

(Newser) - “It’s obviously an accident," the Miami Herald quotes Juan Perez as saying of Thursday's deadly pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University. "We have to look to see if somebody contributed to that accident.” The Miami-Dade police chief says criminal charges are possible... More »

Cables Were Being Tightened Before Bridge's Deadly Collapse

Brand-new FIU bridge flattened cars

(Newser) - It was supposed to be a "signature project" that people would identify with Florida International University. Instead, it's the scene of a still unexplained tragedy that left at least six people dead. At least nine injured people were pulled from the rubble Thursday after a pedestrian bridge collapsed... More »

Bridge Collapses 5 Days After Installation; Multiple Fatalities

Pedestrian bridge was installed near Florida International University on Saturday

(Newser) - Officials say several people are dead after a new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a road near the Florida International University campus Thursday in Miami, CBS Miami reports. According to the Miami Herald , the 950-ton bridge was installed Saturday to provide pedestrian access between FIU's main campus and an area... More »

Calif. Bridge Collapse Halts Interstate Traffic

Main route to Arizona closed 'completely and indefinitely'

(Newser) - An elevated section of Interstate 10 collapsed yesterday amid heavy rains in the California desert, injuring one driver, stranding many others, and halting travel for thousands by cutting off both directions of a main corridor between Southern California and Arizona. "Interstate 10 is closed completely and indefinitely," says... More »

World Cup City Bridge Collapses; 2 Dead

Several vehicles trapped near stadium in Belo Horizonte

(Newser) - Brazil has taken a lot of flak over shoddy, unfinished, and even deadly construction projects ahead of this year's World Cup, and now this: A highway overpass under construction in the city of Belo Horizonte collapsed today, trapping or damaging several vehicles, reports CNN and AP . One woman in... More »

65K US Bridges 'Structurally Deficient'

And another 20K are 'fracture critical,' which is even worse

(Newser) - Think about this the next time you drive over a bridge: An AP analysis of 607,380 bridges in the most recent federal National Bridge Inventory showed that 65,605 were classified as "structurally deficient" and 20,808 as "fracture critical." A bridge is deemed fracture critical... 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 »

Highway Bridge Collapses in Washington State

3 taken to hospitals after cars fall in Skagit River

(Newser) - An Interstate 5 bridge over a river collapsed yesterday evening, dumping two vehicles into the water and sparking a rescue effort by boats and divers who searched the chilly waterway in Skagit County, north of Seattle. Authorities said it appeared nobody was killed, but three people were injured in the... More »

Fireworks Blamed in Fatal Bridge Collapse

Chinese state media say 8 dead, 13 injured

(Newser) - A fireworks truck may have been responsible for destroying a freeway bridge in central China yesterday and killing at least eight people, AFP reports. With the 260-foot span of concrete lying in a heap of twisted cars and trucks, China National Radio first reported the death toll at 26, but... More »

Atlanta Footbridge Collapse Kills 1

(Newser) - An elevated walkway under construction at Atlanta’s Botanical Garden collapsed today, killing a worker and injuring 18, the Journal-Constitution reports. Workers were pouring concrete for the 40-foot-high footbridge when the collapse set off a scene one EMT described as "sheer chaos." Those nearby described a “loud... More »

Minneapolis Greets New Bridge

Drivers queued up to see collapsed bridge replacement

(Newser) - Festive honks awoke Minneapolis today as first responders to last year's bridge collapse led a procession over its newly-minted replacement. Drivers waved and passengers snapped photos as they rode over the 10-lane interstate at a creeping 10mph. Traffic was backed up for a mile after the bridge opened at 5am... More »

Minn., Bridge Victims Strike $38M Compensation Deal

Victims eligible for $400K apiece

(Newser) - Minnesota will establish two funds totaling $38 million to compensate victims of the Minneapolis bridge collapse that killed 13 people last summer, the Star Tribune reports. One pool allows victims up to $400,000 each; the other provides those "extraordinarily impacted" by the collapse with extra funds for medical... More »

Bridge Had Fatal Design Flaw

Feds expected to report inadequate plates

(Newser) - The Minneapolis bridge that failed last summer, killing 13 people, had fatal design flaws, the NTSB announced today. Steel gusset plates that held together beams on the eight-lane bridge were half the thickness they should have been, investigators found. While the agency didn't say the gusset plates caused the collapse,... More »

Nepal Bridge Fails; 200 Missing

15 bodies recovered after suspension span collapses

(Newser) - Nepalese rescuers were searching into the night for about 200 people who plummeted into a swirling river when a suspension bridge collapsed. Another 15 bodies have been recovered, and 32 were taken to nearby hospitals. Up to 1,000 Hindu pilgrims were on the bridge when it failed in a... More »

Vietnam Bridge Collapse Kills 60

Dozens more injured in southern city of Can Tho

(Newser) - As many as 60 workers were killed today when a bridge under construction in the southern Vietnamese city of Can Tho collapsed, Reuters reports. Chinese and Japanese contractors were working on the bridge over the Hau river; Vietnamese TV reported that rain might have softened the bridge's foundations, though no... More »

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