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Overcrowding Blamed for NW Indiana Bridge Collapse

7/24/2009

An engineer has determined that a northwestern Indiana pedestrian bridge did not have structural defects when it collapsed after a Fourth of July fireworks show, spilling about 50 people into a lake.

Ross Township Fire Lt. Phil Topor says the report shows that too many people were on the bridge in Merrillville's Hidden Lake Park, causing an I-beam anchoring it to break.

Investigators believe more than 100 people were on the 90-foot suspension bridge when it collapsed. About 25 people were hurt, with the worst injuries being broken bones.

Ross Township Trustee John Rooda has said the bridge in the township park should have had no more than 40 people on it.

Several of those hurt have started legal action against the township over the collapse.
(Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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