Federal officials investigate GA fatal bridge demolition

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#UPDATE | COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) — Federal workplace safety officials are investigating a bridge demolition accident that killed one worker and injured two others.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the injured workers were in critical condition Wednesday.

Authorities have identified the dead man as 33-year-old Demario Battle.

A cousin tells WSB-TV that Battle had recently taken a job with the concrete-cutting company that was working on the bridge that fell into the Yellow River on Tuesday evening.

An aunt tells WXIA-TV that Battle was a loving father who had nine children between the ages of 3 and 15.


NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – Officials say a bridge collapse in Southwest Georgia has claimed one life.

According to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO), a portion of an access road bridge near I-20 in Newton County collapsed Tuesday evening while construction workers were dismantling the bridge.

NCSO says the collapse caused three construction workers to become submerged in the Yellow River. 

First responders rescued the workers from the river.

NCSO says one individual died.

According to the Georgia department of Transportation (GDOT) two others suffered serious injuries.

Additional equipment, crews and a crane worked over night to recover equipment from the collapse. 

NCSO says they expect the bridge to be closed for the next 270 days.

Correction: a previous version of this article incorrectly stated the incident happened in Southwest Georgia. Newton County is located southeast of Atlanta.

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