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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 03:07 PM
This happened near Piedmont Park.

1 dead, 17 injured in Atlanta pedestrian bridge collapse

ATLANTA - A pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed Friday morning near the entrance of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, killing one worker and injuring 18 others.

Builders were working on the "canopy walk" that arches over a ravine to give visitors an elevated view of the new gardens when the structure gave way around 9 a.m. Joggers, dog walkers and others were in popular adjacent Piedmont Park north of downtown, but only workers were in the 30-acre garden that was closed to visitors, authorities said.

Electrical worker Juan Padilla and his partner were taking a break from working under the bridge at the time of the collapse.

"It sounded like an explosion," he said.

Padilla said he knew many of the victims, and fought back tears. "It was so tough," he said. "I feel very lucky. Me and my partner, we could have been under the bridge."

Two of 16 patients taken to Grady Memorial Hospital had brain injuries and others came in with hurt spines, backs and arms, said trauma surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Salomone. Four would be in intensive care, he said.

"The orthopedic injuries are potentially debilitating," he said.

Construction on the 600-foot long steel-cable-supported bridge began in September and its highest elevation was to be about four stories, according to information on the Botanical Garden Web site. A spring opening was planned for the 12-foot-wide skyway designed to let visitors walk among treetops.

"Our hearts go out to the family of the person that was killed," said Bill Pinto, president of Hardin Construction Co., which was doing the work.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration officer was at the scene to see if safety standards were followed, said OSHA spokesman Mike Wald.

From the Friday, Dec. 19, 2008 online edition of The Augusta Chronicle

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 03:36 PM
I heard about this today.


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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 04:09 PM
Prayers sent to all involved.

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 04:19 PM
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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 04:26 PM
prayers to all

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 04:28 PM
Prayers sent for the victims of this terrible accident and their family and friends.

 

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Thoughts and prayers for all the injured and the families of all involved. This is really horrible.

 

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Prayers for the victims and their families

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 05:06 PM
Prayers to the families of all, especially the family who lost a loved one.

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 05:15 PM
Oh no, this is so horrible. Prayers going out to the family of the person who lost their life. Strength and healing vibes to those hurt. Just too sad!

 

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Prayers to those who were injured and their families and the the family of the person who lost his life.
 

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Prayers to all.....



This reminds me when my son and I went to the Winston race a few years back and the pedestrian bridge collapsed. I normally parked in the area where we would had used it. Some reason, that night I parked in the backstretch area.

I sure hope all these folks will be ok.

 

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