An old bridge on Interstate 75 was undergoing demolition late Monday when it collapsed, killing a construction worker and shutting down a stretch of the interstate for what could be days.
The “catastrophic pancake collapse” happened about 10:30 p.m. as a crew prepared for demolition of the old Hopple Street overpass, according to a statement from the City of Cincinnati.
It was part of the old northbound off-ramp to Hopple Street. The new bridge is already open.
As the old bridge collapsed to the ground, a semi-tractor trailer driver crashed into the rubble, police said.
A construction worker was killed. Emergency crews were working early Tuesday to recover his or her body.
The name of that worker has not been released, pending notification of family.
“Crews are working now to determine a plan of action to remove the worker,” Cincinnati police said shortly after midnight. “It will be a long operation.”
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SOURCE: USA Today
Henry Molski, The Cincinnati Enquirer