Officials investigate cause of Newton County bridge collapse that killed 1, injured 2

UPDATE (CBS46) -- The man killed in a tragic bridge collapse in Newton County Tuesday has been identified as Demario Battle, 33, of Atlanta.

The other two workers injured in the collapse remain hospitalized in critical condition. 

Family members say Battle was a father of 5 and will be missed by his family. 

B&D Concrete Cutting, Inc, Battle's employer, provided the following statement:

"All of us here at B&D Concrete Cutting are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our employees and the injuries sustained by the other as well as the Georgia Bridge employee. We are fully cooperating with the Federal, State and Local officials along with the General Contractor Georgia Bridge in their investigation of this tragic event."

- Michael Tackett, B&D Concrete Cutting Inc. President


UPDATE (CBS46) -- Investigators are working to identify what caused a Newton County bridge to suddenly Tuesday afternoon. The incident injured two construction workers and killed a third. 

It happened on day two of a 9-month bridge-replacement project on Frontage Road, an access road that runs parallel to I-20 between Conyers and Covington. 

A portion of the bridge, which stood parallel to I-20, collapsed sending equipment and construction workers down into the Yellow River below.

Rescuers managed to retrieve the workers but one did not survive. CBS46 learned that the collapse happened a few days after traffic in the area was closed off to make way for a $3-million bridge replacement project. 

The workers were just getting started on dismantling the first of four bridge spans when tragedy struck. 

The bridge was built in 1937 and was recently classified as structurally deficient.

OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, confirms the agency will investigate the bridge collapse. 

Initial Story Below


NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) -- A bridge collapse in Newton County killed one person and injured two Tuesday afternoon. 

Around 5:27 p.m., a portion of the access road near Frontage Road collapsed while construction workers were dismantling the bridge. The incident caused three construction workers to submerge into the Yellow River. 

The collapse killed one worker and sent two others to a nearby hospital for treatment. 

Crews working to clear bridge collapse on I-20 access road in Newton County

This is a developing story stay with CBS46 News for the latest.

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