Cincinnati bridge collapse kills 1, injures 1 on I-75

Posted by on January 19, 2015
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Jan. 19, 2015: This photo provided by the Cincinnati Fire and EMS shows the scene following a highway overpass collapse. (Cincinnati Fire and EMS)

Jan. 19, 2015: This photo provided by the Cincinnati Fire and EMS shows the scene following a highway overpass collapse. (Cincinnati Fire and EMS)

CINCINNATI, Ohio — An overpass north of the new Hopple Street bridge has collapsed Monday evening forcing officials to close southbound Interstate 75 indefinitely leaving one injured and one dead.

The bridge collapsed at approximately 10:30 p.m. leaving one tractor-trailer completely damaged.

Video via WLWT:

Officials say a construction worker has died and a tractor-trailer driver has been injured. Cincinnati police said the collapse was related to current construction on the roadway in Camp Washington.

The tractor trailer driver sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for evaluation, police said.

The name of the construction worker killed has not been released.

Officials have removed the body of the construction worker from the site. Crews used airbags to lift the wreckage off him and removed his body at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

The bridge that collapsed was part of the old northbound off ramp to Hopple Street. A new overpass nearby was not affected. 

SB I-75 could be closed for two days, the city tweeted. Plan ahead, leave early, expect delays. 

Press Release for the I-75 incident via Twitter.

Cincinnati Police Department Traffic Unit officials said all vehicles traveling south on I-75 should reroute to either I-275 or I-71. Drivers heading south on I-75 who don’t take those exits will be forced to reroute to westbound I-74.

All commuters traveling eastbound on I-74 will be rerouted to either northbound I-75 or the Colerain/Beekman Avenue exit.

Blackwell asked that morning commuters plan ahead.

Stay with ANM News for more information on this developing story.

NOTE: This story has been edited for content after publication. 

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