A Close Call

The semi that hit the bridge as it came down. Photo courtesy, USA Today.

The semi that hit the bridge as it came down. Photo courtesy,  Maxim Alter ABC.

Ann Marie Nuckols ’18

On January 19th about 10:30 P.M., the Hopple Street overpass collapsed onto the southbound side of I-75, causing a complete shutdown of I-75 and 1 death and 1 injury.

My dad works out a ways where he has to come home using southbound I-75, he usually gets off at 10:30 but finished early and left.

I heard the story on the news and was so worried, I tried to call but he did not answer. About 20 minutes later, he came in the door and I started crying because it was really him.

My dad told me that he passed under the Hopple Street overpass at 10:28, 2 minutes before the bridge collapsed.

I was so relieved that he came home. I don’t know what I would do with out without him, and I don’t want to find out.

I think about it every day that that could have been my dad. Whenever we fight, I remember that I could have not even had this extra time  to talk to him.

  Everything happens for a reason.

The overpass collapsed when the workers were preparing for the demolishing of it later that night.

The overpass falling straight down, caused the death of a construction worker that was on the bridge working a piece of heavy machinery.

The man that died  is Brandon Carl of Augusta, Kentucky. He was 35 and a father of 4.

The injury occurred when the piece of the overpass composed of concrete and steel came tumbling to the ground.

The man was driving a semi truck and hit the falling rubble at the same time as the bridge came down, smashing the front of the semi. A fraction of a second later and there would have been two casualties to this accident.

This is an overhead view of the accident that shut down the highway.  Photo courtesy of Patrick Reddy of USA Today.

This is an overhead view of the accident that shut down the highway. Photo courtesy of Patrick Reddy of USA Today.

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