Six men were killed in Pasadena, California, when a motorway bridge they were constructing collapsed on Tuesday night (17 October).
LV Volunteers searching wreckage for bodies
CU Bulldozer shifting debris
SV Rescue workers with oxy-acetylene torches
SV and LV Rescue work continues
SV Bodies on stretchers carried off
LV, ZOOM into CU Collapsed bridge section
SV Freeway under construction, ZOOM out to LV collapsed section
Reporter Roy Neal: " .... looking for three men who were trapped when the freeway collapsed. Early this morning they found them, buried beneath tons of lumber, concrete and steel. This brought the total to six dead. At least twenty-one men were injured, six critically. Concrete was being poured into some wooden forms when police say apparently some metal supports gave way. The centre section slid into a ravine not far from the roadway. At this point, the bridge was about one hundred feet high. The men working near the bridge had no chance of escape. (PAUSE) Today teams of investigators went to work. This is the seventh California highway structure to collapse in two years. A state highway official said, it is perhaps the most serious accident in the history of California freeway construction .... Roy Neal, NBC News, Los Angeles."
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Background: Six men were killed in Pasadena, California, when a motorway bridge they were constructing collapsed on Tuesday night (17 October).
At least twenty-one workmen were injured, six critically, when the centre span of the five hundred-foot (152-metre) long bridge gave way.
The dead men were part of a crew pouring wet cement into wooden and steel forms. The temporary scaffolding collapsed and the 100-foot high (30 metres) centre section of the bridge slid into a ravine not far from the roadway.
The bridge was the seventh Californian highway structure to collapse in two years.