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Ohio Bridge Collapse Kills Worker, Injures Truck Driver

Steve Wagner

A bridge that was undergoing demolition in Cincinnati, OH collapsed late on Monday evening, killing one worker. The man who was killed, Brandon Carl, 35-year-old resident of Augusta, KY, was operating an excavator when the Hopple Street bridge “pancaked,” trapping him under steel beams.

It took the Cincinnati Fire Department and other personnel workers until 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning to recover Carl’s body. The emergency workers used air bags to eventually lift the beams off of the accident site.

Another man was injured when he drove his big rig semi into the wreckage of the already-collapsed bridge. The injured driver was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell was quoted as saying he was “very lucky” to have just received minor injuries as a result of the crash.

While it appears that the accident occurred because of general instability and an already underway demolition, it has yet to be determined if the company in charge of the demolition was at fault due to unsafe practices that put their workers at greater risk. We hope to update you as we find out more.

If you have a question about a construction injury or a wrongful death, give the workers’ compensation attorneys at Wagner Reese a call at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.


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