New York bridge collapses, killing construction worker

A pedestrian bridge under construction in upstate New York collapsed at about 11 a.m. Thursday as workers poured concrete on it. One construction worker was killed and 13 others were injured.

The bridge, which spans a large expressway also under construction, fell approximately 18 feet. One worker who escaped injury said he heard and felt a twisting sound and motion before the collapse.

The body of the worker who died is still buried in the wreckage, and the New York Department of Transportation is concentrating on shoring up what’s left of the bridge so workers can safely retrieve the victim.

Located in Oneida County, the bridge has been under construction for about one year and was slated to open next year. It connected a residential area to a school and would have allowed students to cross the expressway once it opened.

The 13 injured workers were taken to the hospital, and their conditions are not known.