Public records request reveals 'flawed' changes made before fatal bridge collapse

From The Cincinnati Enquirer Engineers had to make late changes to the demolition plan of the old Hopple Street Interstate 75 overpass after workers ran into problems tearing down the bridge the night before it collapsed – and those changes may have been flawed and caused the fatal accident.

That is according to an analysis of the demolition plan by an independent bridge expert after the Ohio Department of Transportation and Kokosing Construction released the documents to The Enquirer on Thursday.

The documents were released to the public a day after The Enquirer threatened to sue the state for withholding the demolition plan.

The documents show Kokosing engineers had to make changes to the demolition plan just hours before the bridge collapsed and killed 35-year-old construction worker Brandon Carl on the night of Jan. 19.

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