Excavator Crashes Through Pennsylvania Bridge
June 29, 2009
Video here: Excavator Crashes Through Pennsylvania Bridge - 06/29/2009 - Construction Equipment
The driver of a 20-ton excavator escaped injury Thursday when the vehicle he was operating crashed through the Pottsville Bridge’s north sidewalk.
“Thank God nobody was hurt,” said Vicki Fisher, 6 Pottsville St.
When he saw the tracks break through the concrete and the machine tip and bang against the bridge’s stone railing, Ken Singleton, 14 Pottsville St., said his “heart dropped.”
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I believe this to have been principally about contractor and machine operator negligence. They had no business trying to support a 20-ton track excavator on the sidewalk section of this bridge without mucho inspection, analysis and appropriate temporary reinforcements where necessary.
A 20-ton track excavator does not show up for minor "patching" repairs. I'm guessing that it was going to be used for a fairly substantial series of repairs.
Last edited by Dougster; 07-01-2009 at 09:43 AM.