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Robinson Road Overpass Collapse
Posted On: Oct 27, 2008
Construction personnel assess the rubble left behind after prefabricated portions of the new Robinson road overpass collapsed from the scafolding on which they were resting Monday along Interstate 84 in Nampa, Idaho. 14 workers were injured in what is being called a catastrophic collapse. However, no fatalities have been reported.
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A construction employee walks back to the construction site where prefabricated portions of the new Robinson road overpass collapsed around 2 p.m. Monday along interstate 84 in Nampa, Idaho.
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14 injured in Nampa overpass collapse

Idaho Press-Tribune Staff
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Updated 49 minutes ago
 

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NAMPA - Fourteen construction workers were injured after a section of the new Robinson Road bridge under construction collapsed to the ground this afternoon. Emergency crews rushed to the scene of the accident, which happened at about 2:15 p.m. at Robinson and Franklin roads near I-84. The workers were on top of a bridge under construction when it collapsed and fell to the ground. The span is being constructed at a site just off I-84 northwest of the former Robinson Road overpass. Concrete was being poured to form the deck of the bridge at the time of the accident. The workers were about 30 feet off the ground, according to officials on scene.

About an hour later, all victims were recovered and nobody was believed to be trapped underneath. No fatalities were reported but all 14 workers were transported by ground ambulance to three different hospitals in the area with non-life-threatening injuries. Their injuries included broken bones and lacerations, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.

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    A construction employee walks back to the construction site where prefabricated portions of the new Robinson road overpass collapsed around 2 p.m. Monday along interstate 84 in Nampa, Idaho.
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Another eight people were on the bridge at the time of the collapse but not seriously injured. The workers are employees of Graham Construction and Management of Spokane, Wash.

"It could have been a lot worse," said Nampa deputy fire chief Doug Strosnider. "The good Lord was looking out for folks in Nampa today."

Officials on scene were taking precautions several hours later in case of a secondary collapse. Tthe ground shook so much during the initial impact that there might be structural damage to other parts of the bridge, officials said. "Our biggest concern is if we have a secondary collapse," Strosnider said.

Strosnider was unsure of the cause of the collapse. The contractor in charge of building the bridge plans to hold a press conference today at 6:30 p.m. OSHA will launch an investigation of the incident and Idaho Transportation Department officials are expected to investigate as well. Construction on the project has come to a halt in light of today's incident.

The construction site is located just north of I-84 and west of Robinson Road. Traffic was not delayed as a result of the collapse. No motorists were in danger; the road near the construction site had been closed to traffic.

"We are relieved that no one was seriously hurt by this accident,"said Idaho Transportation Department Director Pamela Lowe. "We will begin immediately to work with the contractor to learn what happened."

Work started in late September to replace the I-84 overpasses at Robinson Boulevard and Black Cat Road. Work on both bridges has been suspended pending an investigation.

Graham Construction and Management of Spokane is the contractor on this $8.5 million project to rebuild the bridges.

The accident is not directly impacting motorists traveling on Interstate 84.

 


 
 
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