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1 dead, 3 injured after Missouri bridge collapses during construction

The bridge just outside Kearney collapsed as contractors were pouring concrete on its deck Wednesday afternoon.

One person was dead and at least three other people were injured after a Missouri bridge under construction collapsed and trapped four people in the debris. 

The bridge collapsed at 148th Street and Shady Grove Road outside Kearney, on Wednesday just before 2 p.m., the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Contractors were pouring concrete on its deck when the bridge collapsed, officials said.

The collapse trapped four people, but three were able to “extricate themselves from the collapse,” the release stated.

The scene of a bridge collapse outside of Kearney, Mo., on Oct. 26, 2022.
The scene of a bridge collapse outside Kearney, Mo., on Wednesday. Clay County, Missouri Sheriff

One man died, and the others who were able to get out were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries, officials said.

Their identities were not released.

The bridge had been closed since 2016, and construction started late last May to create a new two-lane bridge set to open early next year, the sheriff's office said.

There were multiple contracting companies at the scene of thecollapse but no county employees present, officials said. 

There were no safety concerns on the bridge project prior to the collapse and an engineering contractor was on scene Wednesday inspecting the bridge before the deck was poured, the sheriff's office said.

An investigation is underway, and the findings will be turned over to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.