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Gazette Premium Content Report: Man called 911 about bridge in April

Associated Press Published: June 6, 2014
Associated Press Published: June 6, 2014

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A man says he notified Delaware transportation officials nearly two months ago that something was wrong with the Interstate 495 bridge in Wilmington that closed earlier this week due to tilting supporting columns. Charles Allen Jr. told The Associated Press on Friday that he...

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — A man says he notified Delaware transportation officials nearly two months ago that something was wrong with the Interstate 495 bridge in Wilmington that closed earlier this week due to tilting supporting columns.

Charles Allen Jr. told The Associated Press on Friday that he noticed the cement Jersey barriers dividing the northbound and southbound lanes of the bridge were separating when driving over the bridge on April 15.

Allen said he called 911 after not being able to reach the transportation department immediately. He said a transportation official called him back minutes later and told him someone would look at the bridge the following day.

Allen spoke to the AP after The News Journal of Wilmington published an interview with him on its website Friday.

Transportation secretary Shailen Bhatt told the AP his department is investigating the 911 call.

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