Missouri Bridge Collapses During Construction, Killing One Person and Injuring Three Others

Oct. 27, 2022
The collapse is under investigation by OSHA

On Wednesday, a bridge outside of Kearney, Missouri collapsed, killing one person and injuring three others. All four victims were trapped under debris from the bridge collapse. 

The collapse happened at 148th Street and Shady Grove Road right before 2 P.M. according to a press release from the Clay County's Sheriff Office.

Officials said contractors were pouring concrete on the bridge deck when the bridge collapsed.

According to the release, the collapse trapped four people, but three were able to “extricate themselves from the collapse.”

Officials said one man died, and the others who were able to get out were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.

According to the Clay County Sheriffs Office, the bridge had been closed since 2016, and construction started in late May 2021 to create a new two-lane bridge set to open in early 2023.

There were multiple contracting companies at the scene of the Wednesday bridge collapse, but no county employees present, officials said. 

There were no safety concerns on the bridge project prior to the collapse and an engineering contractor was on scene Wednesday inspecting the bridge before the deck was poured, the sheriff's office said.

An investigation is underway, and the findings from the sheriff's office will be given to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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Source: NBCNews.com