Wake County

2nd bridge goes down overnight at Wake Tech; no injuries

A second pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed overnight at Wake Tech North Campus in Raleigh on Nov. 14, 2014. No one was injured in the accident. One person died and several were injured when another pedestrian bridge under construction near this one collapsed Thursday.
A second pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed overnight at Wake Tech North Campus in Raleigh on Nov. 14, 2014. No one was injured in the accident. One person died and several were injured when another pedestrian bridge under construction near this one collapsed Thursday. cseward@newsobserver.com

A second pedestrian bridge being built at Wake Tech Community College’s northern campus fell sometime overnight Thursday, hours after a similar bridge collapsed on campus, killing one worker and injuring four others.

No one was at the construction area when the second bridge went down, said Wake Tech spokeswoman Laurie Clowers.

The collapse was discovered Friday morning as construction crews arrived for work, said Allen Jones, senior vice president for Skanska USA Inc., the general contractor.

Jones said the two bridges are of similar design and were in the same stages of construction. For those reasons, he said, Skanska suspended work on the second bridge after Thursday’s collapse.

“If there’s a silver lining in all of this, it’s that there was no further injuries or loss of life,” Jones said.

Jones said the bridges were designed by Clark Nexsen architects and Stewart Engineering, and that the two companies along with Skanska would conduct their own investigation of what caused them to fail.

The state Department of Labor also will conduct an investigation. A spokesman for the department said Thursday that it may take three or four months to complete.

Thursday’s accident happened about 10:15 a.m. as workers were pouring concrete for the bridge at Wake Tech’s campus off Louisburg Road, officials said.

The bridges were part of a construction project that includes a new classroom building and a large parking deck.

The four injured workers were taken to WakeMed Raleigh. They worked for the sub-contractor doing the concrete work, Central Concrete of North Carolina, based in Raleigh.

Wake Tech and Skanska said Central Concrete would release the names of the workers, but it had not done so as of late Friday.

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