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Friday, June 19, 2015

Era Reporters Detail Collapse Of Pennsy Bridge On Rt. 219 In Ridgway

3 hurt, one seriously in Ridgway bridge collapse

By COLIN DEPPEN Era Reporter and MARCIE SCHELLHAMMER Era Associate
Bradford Era

RIDGWAY — A Ridgway bridge undergoing a $2.2 million overhaul partially collapsed on Thursday afternoon, injuring three contractors, one gravely, and snarling traffic for miles, officials said.

The collapse of part of the “Pennsy Bridge” on U.S. Route 219 (North Broad Street) in the borough was first reported around 2 p.m., along with traumatic injuries to several workers on or around it at the time.

A widely circulated surveillance video from a nearby hardware store shows two workers walking near a large piece of excavating equipment on the bridge’s northbound lane when the road suddenly gives way, swallowing all three. Reports about the placement of the third worker injured in the collapse are conflicting.

The identities of those involved were not immediately clear. Officials with the contractor, Francis J. Palo Inc. of Clarion, confirmed one as a company employee and the other two as subcontractors. No other information was immediately available. Read more....

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