It seems like a lot of slip sliding is happening here in the US.  It will be up to the local people to report bridge collapses because I don't think we'll even hear about these unless it's in our own backyard. 

Recall too that President Obama deliberately brought up the Minnesota bridge collapse, and the Zetas (and only the Zetas!) told us why.

Here's the newest infrastructure collapse with a life lost in the LIRR tunnel collapse that happened last night.  Things are really picking up.

Son dies in LIRR tunnel collapse despite father's efforts to save him

Father frantically tried to revive son with CPR

Friday, November 18 2011, 2:58 AM

 Sandhogs work in the Long Island Rail Road tunnels beneaath Grand Central Terminal last January.
Bryan Smith for New York Daily News - FILE PHOTO

Sandhogs work in the LIRR tunnels beneath Grand Central Terminal in January.

A young sandhog was killed Thursday night in the collapse of a railroad tunnel deep under Park Ave., despite his father’s heroic efforts to save him, a source told The Daily News.

The unidentified victim was working on an LIRR tunnel when a portion caved around 7:30 p.m., according to the source, an LIRR employee who spoke on the condition he would not be named.

The young worker’s father, who was working alongside him, frantically tried to revive his son with CPR as workers rushed him through a network of tunnels to a waiting ambulance at E. 48th St. and Park Ave., the source said.

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he died, according to the source.

The FDNY could not confirm the collapse and LIRR officials could not be reached immediately for comment.The East Side Access project will connect the LIRR's Main and Port Washington lines in Queens to a new LIRR terminal beneath Grand Central Terminal.

Sandhogs are excavating tunnels about 120 feet beneath Manhattan streets. Work is expected to be completed early next year.

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1 in 9 highway bridges in the U.S. are classified as "structurally deficient," requiring significant maintenance, rehabilitation or replacement.

What made Obama chose the 2007 collapse of the Minneapolis bridge on I-35 as his example of infrastructure needing to be repaired? This was of course a dramatic incident, with the bridge flinging to one side and folding in waves against that side. Clearly there was tension, the Mississippi pulling apart at that point. This is also an incident that got a lot of attention on the Internet for a ZetaTalk prediction come true. We had predicted Mississippi bridges ripping during the New Madrid, and this was the first example of this prediction culminating. Curious minds, entering the date and place into search engines, would arrive at the ZetaTalk predictions. Is this Obama's way of leaking the truth? Yes, and just the start of such maneuvers. 


Today I posted that a bridge on I-80 at the Tannersville exit in the Poconos collapsed.  This is an area that has been pulling apart with many gas explosions just recently.

Back in Feb.2011, Parts of Ludford Bridge in Ludlow have fallen in to the River Teme.  As we will be starting to see bridges collapse I thought it best to start a blog with this heading.  I'm sure I will be adding to this as time evolves.  

I've added the proper ZT message regarding the safety of our bridges.  Not only in the US, but worldwide, with severe twisting , crunching, and shaking that the earth is now subjected to on a daily basis  due to a daily worldwide wobble and caused by the ever approaching Planet X, we'll see more bridges crumble and fall. 

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 13, 2015 at 2:26am

LIVE BLOG: Four injured in SR 99 tunnel project after wall collapse, 25-foot fall

SEATTLE — Emergency crews were called to the northern part of the SR 99 tunnel project Thursday after four people were injured in an accident at the construction site.

The men were hurt on the project around 1:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Aurora Avenue North when a portion of an elevator wall they were standing on collapsed, sending them 25 feet to the ground, Seattle Fire Spokesperson Kyle Moore said.

Three of the injured workers crawled their way out of the pit, Moore said. Another required rescue from the Seattle Fire Department, and he was carried out on a gurney. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center.

The three other workers that managed to crawl their way out were also transported to Harborview, but only suffered minor injuries. All four of the patients were men, ages 23, 29, 31 and 36.

The patients were all listed in satisfactory condition suffering injuries to the arm, back and neck, according to Harborview Medical Center spokesperson Susan Gregg.

Firefighters said the rescue took quite some time, as emergency workers said the walk to the accident scene was a quarter-mile long. Moore called the fall “significant.”

It was unknown if the wall’s collapse would cause a long delay in construction of the SR 99 tunnel, or potentially affect the ground around the site. The Washington State Patrol released this statement following the injuries:

“We are still gathering information, but Seattle Tunnel Partners has informed us that an incident has occurred on the SR 99 Tunnel Project job site in the north portal area. Safety is STP’s and WSDOT’s number one priority. Right now, their field crews are focusing on making sure the site is secured. Emergency services were notified immediately and arrived at the site after the incident.

We will provide additional information as it becomes available.”

For months the world’s largest tunnel-boring machine has been damaged and sitting idle underneath Seattle. Setbacks have plagued the multibillion-dollar project.

In January, contractors completed a 120-foot deep access pit to reach the damaged machine.

Once contractors reach Bertha, they will replace the machine’s damaged cutter head and try to get it digging again.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 9, 2015 at 6:37pm

2 killed in Habiganj tunnel collapse

Two labourers have been killed and two others injured in a tunnel collapse at Gulgaon under Bahubal upazila in Habiganj.

The deceased are Abdul Gani, 50, son of Sundor Ali of Gulgaon village and Juwel Ahmed, 15, son of Abdus Saleh of the same village.

Assistant Police Super Masudur Rahman Monir said the incident took place around 9am on Monday.

The injured were given treatment locally, he said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 3, 2015 at 7:07pm

Posted in Landslides as it was a landslide that collapsed the bridge.

The bridge on the four-lane Highway E18 has collapsed in Norway

A bridge on the E18 at Bentsrud Holmestrand has fallen partly together. No person shall be injured.

The road will be closed for a very long time to come. It's been a landslide under the bridge, so that the pillars supporting the bridge upstairs has failed. There is a serious dump on the bridge, and the pillar of the bridge hanging in the air, says Jarle Steinnes, duty fire chief in Vestfold inter municipal fire departments,

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 2, 2015 at 12:08am

Historic Bridge of Plaka, Arta Collapses Due to Heavy Rains [video]

by A. Makris - Feb 1, 2015

The incessant rain fall in all four prefectures of Epirus has created serious damages and problems to infrastructure, crops and flooding in basements, shops and farms.

The historic bridge of Plaka collapsed due to heavy rains that hit the area Tzumerka, Greece, yesterday morning. The news has shocked all of Epirus, since the bridge is the “Akropolis” of their region. It was the largest arch bridge in the Balkans.

The bridge, built by Konstantinos Bekas in 1866 over Arachthos river, is considered one of the region’s most important landmarks, attracting tourists and hikers. Local website Epirusgate reports that only a small part of it remains on the side of Monolithi village.


The regional authority of Epirus issued a warning on Sunday urging citizens to be alert for possible flooding, both in the lowlands and the city of Arta, Greece.

Deputy regional Arta prefect, Vasilis Psathas, told Real FM radio it is preparing to evacuate villages in the area. “We are on full alert, we are informing people. It’s possible we will have to evacuate villages and communities. We have been preparing for this since yesterday morning,” he said.

Epirus was not the only region to suffer from torrential rain. Further east in Thessaly, the banks of Pineios river also overflowed, destroying arable land.

Arta_mapPM Tsipras: Our duty is the citizens’ protection
“The Greek government stands by our fellow citizens that are stricken by the extremely adverse weather conditions” said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after the conclusion of a broad meeting on the floods that was on Sunday at the Fire Brigade Operations Center “Our first duty today is to protect the citizens and tomorrow to repair the damages” he underlined.

Tsipras noted that the human lives are the first priority adding that nobody was threatened. He described the collapse of the historic Bridge of Plaka in Epirus as a sad incident, adding that it will be restored. He also said that the ministry of infrastructure has dispatched a team to Tzoumerka, in the region of Epirus, to help rebuild the stone bridge of Plaka that collapsed after heavy rain.

The prime minister called the weather conditions, particularly in Western Greece, unprecedented, but fortunately, he said, the State mechanism and the Citizens Protection functioned.

Government spokesman Gavriil Sakellaridis said that Infrastructures and Culture Ministries staff along with technicians will leave on Sunday for Epirus, headed by Alternate Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis. He also said that the Epirus and Evrytania regions have been declared in a state of emergency, adding that problems exist in the Evros region but are being closely monitored by the state mechanism.

Greece: Historic bridge collapses due to heavy rains 

Published on Feb 1, 2015

The historic Plaka Bridge has collapsed following damage inflicted by heavy rains Sunday. Built in 1866, all that remains of the bridge is a small part on the Monolithi side of the Arachthos River. No one was reported injured in the collapse. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 23, 2015 at 2:54am

Willits Highway 101 bypass structure collapses, at least three hospitalized

January 22, 2015, 3:29PM 

Part of a Willits Highway 101 bypass bridge under construction collapsed Thursday, briefly trapping a worker under debris and sending at least three people to the hospital, Caltrans officials and emergency personnel said.

The collapsed bridge is part of the $210 million Highway 101 bypass Caltrans is constructing to re-route the highway around Willits.

Workers were pouring concrete into a section of falsework, which is the frame of the bypass, at East Valley Road sometime after 2 p.m. when an approximately 150-foot section collapsed, Caltrans spokesman Phil Frisbie Jr. said.

CHP spokesman Kylar Adams said five people were working in the construction zone when the collapse happened. One man was trapped and later freed. He and two other workers suffered major injuries, while two more workers had minor injuries, Adams said. After a search, all workers on the site were accounted for.

The collapse did not happen in an area accessible to the public, Frisbie said. The bypass runs east of town and Highway 101.

The injured workers were employed by Flatiron Construction Corp., a Colorado-based infrastructure company. A Flatiron spokeswoman referred questions to Caltrans.

Willits Police Chief Gerry Gonzalez said that officers were rerouting traffic on East Valley Road away from the area so that emergency crews can move about freely.

Frisbie said Caltrans safety officers were heading to the construction site late Thursday. He said it was possible that work on the project could be suspended while officials investigate.

“At the very minimum, that section will have to be rebuilt,” Frisbie said.

A Cal OSHA official said investigators from Sacramento would visit the site Friday.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 22, 2015 at 10:10am

Drainage tunnel cave-in gets close look

Collapse is under Eureka Springs sidewalk, said to imperil two parking spaces

This article was published today at 1:00 a.m.


NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF Robert D. ‘Butch’ Berry, right, mayor of Eureka Springs, joins engineers and city officials on a tour Wednesday of the storm drains and foundations under The Auditorium and adjacent structures in downtown Eureka Springs.

EUREKA SPRINGS -- A drainage tunnel in this tourist town has collapsed, further undermining the integrity of two parking spaces in a lot above, next to the historic Auditorium on Main Street.

Dwayne Allen, the city's Public Works director, described it as a "total collapse," but Mayor Robert D. "Butch" Berry said water was getting through.

"It's worse than what it was, but it's not as bad as it could be," Berry said.

Berry, Allen and half a dozen others toured the tunnel Wednesday, going down through a manhole on Main Street. They sloshed through running water and duckwalked in sections with low clearance until they could go no farther. The collapse was just beyond a section where two large rocks angle down from the ceiling, worrying city officials for several years.

Dee Purkeypile, a dam engineer and former city alderman, said the tunnel was "a lot worse" than he expected.

"There were timbers supporting the roof," he said. "They've collapsed. The rock has collapsed, and you can see fine material on top of the rocks. So all the material will continue to be washed out of there with every rainfall. So it's not going to get any better. It's destabilizing."

Debris in the section of the tunnel that collapsed was about 4 feet high. The damaged section is about 10 feet long and appears to be underneath a sidewalk on the southwest side of The Auditorium.

Several years ago, a section of the sidewalk sank by 3 inches. Two parking spaces next to the Auditorium have been roped off for the past four years as a safety precaution, although The Auditorium -- built in 1929 -- appears to be unaffected by the tunnel collapse, Allen said.

A century ago, several buildings along the southeast side of Main Street were built over the eastern branch of Leatherwood Creek, which flows for about 1,500 feet through a tunnel underneath buildings and parking lots. The top of the tunnel is about 12 feet below the surface. In places, the tunnel is large enough for people to walk upright through, as the group did Tuesday.

In 2011, McClellan Engineers of Fayetteville estimated it would cost $200,000 to repair the sagging tunnel.

Allen said Wednesday he thought it might be possible to repair the collapsed tunnel for half that amount.

But the inspection also revealed another problem: Part of the limestone wall of the tunnel farther to the southwest had been "undermined," Purkeypile said.

Rainfall washes Boone chert gravel from the hillsides into Leatherwood Creek. The churning, jagged chert scours away at the limestone, eroding it, Purkeypile said.

The result is underneath the parking lot between The Auditorium and the Carroll County Courthouse is a 10-foot-long section of limestone carved away beneath the surface. The eroded part is about 10 inches tall and a foot wide.

After hearing about that Wednesday morning, Allen said the city will have to bid out the repair work. It's more than the Public Works Department can handle, he said.

At a City Council meeting Jan. 12, aldermen discussed putting a reinforced concrete slab over the two parking spaces in the lot, but they didn't know about the collapsed tunnel.

Allen said he will confer with Purkeypile and others, and present options to the council at Monday's regular meeting.

Eureka Springs, which is built into the sides of cliffs, has some tunnels for drainage and others that may have been created when streets were elevated a century ago.

Sinkholes have historically been a problem in Eureka Springs. Fifteen years ago, a 20-foot-wide, 18-foot-deep sinkhole swallowed most of a vehicle parked on pavement above it.

In 2010, the parking lot problem became an issue because of disputes over who would pay for repairs.

Carroll County owns the lot. The city leases it from the county and has agreed in its contract to maintain a "hard surface and good repair."

County Judge Sam Barr said Tuesday he believed in 2010 and still believes the parking lot repairs are the city's responsibility.

At the Jan. 12 council meeting, Alderman Mickey Schneider said the city isn't responsible for the collapsing tunnel.

"We're responsible for the surface, not below the surface," she told the council.

But Berry, who became mayor this month, said, "It's our responsibility."

Alderman Terry McClung noted the city was losing revenue on the spaces, which are in a prominent location for tourists and people going to The Auditorium or courthouse.

Metered parking spaces in Eureka Springs take in an average of about $1,300 per year, said Lonnie Clark, the city's finance director.

Purkeypile said the parking lot problems have been sort of "out of sight, out of mind" for the past four years, but Wednesday's tunnel inspection provided insight that will make repairs more urgent.

Carroll County has an Eastern District courthouse in Berryville and a Western District courthouse in Eureka Springs. The city leases office space in the Eureka Springs courthouse, where the mayor's office is located.

Allen said if the collapse isn't repaired before spring rain, water will back up and some buildings could flood, including the courthouse basement.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 20, 2015 at 7:18am

MON JAN 19, 2015 AT 08:36 PM PST

Big story - I-75 southbound in Cincinnati shut down due to a bridge...

This news is breaking as we speak.

From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Officials have closed southbound Interstate 75 indefinitely after a "major" collapse of an overpass north of the new Hopple Street bridge that left one injured and one dead, according to police dispatch.

The collapse occurred at about 10:30 p.m. At least one tractor trailer was damaged by the collapse, according to emergency communications.

An extended recovery operation is underway.

This is a section of highway that carries nearly 150,000 vehicles per day.   The implications are enormous.

This is a few miles south of where John Boehner grew up.

An indefinite closure will wreak havoc.

another linlk:

1 confirmed dead, 1 injured in I-75 overpass collapse

An old bridge on Interstate 75 was undergoing demolition late Monday when it collapsed, killing a construction worker and shutting down a stretch of the interstate for what could be days.

The"catastrophic pancake collapse" happened about 10:30 p.m. as a crew prepared for demolition of the old Hopple Street overpass, according to a statement from the City of Cincinnati.

It was part of the old northbound off-ramp to Hopple Street. The new bridge is now open.

As the old bridge collapsed to the ground, a semi driver crashed into the rubble, police say.

A construction worker was killed. Emergency crews were working early Tuesday to recover his or her body.

The name of that worker has not been released, pending notification of family.

"Crews are working now to determine a plan of action to remove the worker," Cincinnati police said shortly after midnight. "It will be a long operation."

A second person -- a semi-tractor trailer driver -- was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with minor injuries.

"I can tell you that the big rig driver -- the semi driver is very lucky," said Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell. "In a matter of seconds his fate would have probably been different."

Hundreds of onlookers passed by, and more than two dozen construction workers were at the scene at 1 a.m.

Dispatchers called it a "major" collapse. Officials said they were launching an investigation into the bridge's ratings.

"What appears to have happened is, in essence, an industrial incident -- a workplace incident with respect to a construction crew that's doing work out here," city manager Harry Black said. "Something went wrong, and a tragedy has occurred as a result. ... We don't believe that there is any additional loss of life."

Southbound I-75 will be closed for at least 48 hours. The city tweeted: "Plan ahead, leave early, expect delays."

"This will be a mess. It's not could or should. It will be," Blackwell said of the morning commute.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 13, 2015 at 7:50pm

Carbon dioxide poisoning.

Smoke fills a DC Washington subway tunnel

ONE person is dead, three are reportedly critically injured and as many as 84 have been hospitalised after smoke filled a DC, Washington subway tunnel.

A woman died after thick smoke filled the upper level of the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station in southeast DC during the evening rush, officials said.

A spokeswoman for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) confirmed the incident, which caused rush-hour mayhem in the nation’s second-busiest mass transit system after New York.

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84 people taken to hospital, with 1 dead, after Metro tunnel fills with smoke 

Officials do not yet know the cause of the smoke. Metro described it as a tunnel issue, not a train issue, and said there is damage to the tunnel.

The smoke forced the evacuation of startled passengers and meant afternoon rush-hour commuters had to find other ways to get home.

Emergency workers escorted smoke inhalation victims to medical aid buses to receive oxygen.

WMATA said on its website that the “source of the smoke has not been determined” and that the National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation.

Photos posted on social media showed passengers crammed into smoke-filled trains covering their mouths and eyes, while the subway tunnel was engulfed with thick grey fog.

A Washington, DC, firefighter assists a woman to medical aid after she became stuck with

A Washington, DC, firefighter assists a woman to medical aid after she became stuck with other passengers on the Washington subway. Picture: AFP/Paul J. Richard Source: AFP

The station was temporarily closed. Service on two of the main city lines was partially suspended.

WMATA said emergency crews were deployed and that the station was being aired out.

“Metro Transit Police and fire department personnel are on scene at L’Enfant Plaza for smoke in the station,” the metro system said on its website.

“Metro has activated tunnel fans to ventilate the area.” The station is near several government buildings, office complexes and restaurants.

Washington’s Metro system serves five million people in a 1,500-square-mile (3,885-square, kilometre) area, which includes transport to neighbouring Virginia and Maryland states.

The trains and buses provide about 2.3 million trips per year, according to WMATA.

Rescued ... Washington, DC, firefighters load a victim into a medical bus.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 13, 2015 at 6:55pm

Communities cut off as bridge is washed away in Mkushi District

Communities cut off as bridge is washed away in Mkushi District

Mkushi. January 12th, 2015, 2015, ZANIS —Heavy rains have led to the collapse of the bridge that links Chitina and Kasokota communities in Mkushi’s Chief Chitina’s Chiefdom.

Mkushi’s Deputy Council Chairperson Lewis Mayuya confirmed the development to ZANIS, in an interview today.

Mr. Mayuya said that the bridge which connects the 2 communities across  the Lunsemfwa River, collapsed over the weekend.

He added that the development  has affected about  8000 residents in the two communities across the river.

He said of the victims four had suffered minor  injuries when the log bridge collapsed on the them, 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 13, 2015 at 6:50pm

 Russia: See aftermath of fatal bridge collapse in Kaliningrad

13 jan '15

Four people were killed when a bridge collapsed as it was being dismantled by workers in the western region of Kaliningrad, Tuesday.
Six workers were on the bridge during the collapse, four of which died as a result. Two workers who were able to jump to safety are currently being treated in the hospital.
The regional governor has promised an investigation into the incident and the safety measures that were in place at the time of the collapse.
Work on the bridge began in December after it was deemed too unsafe.



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