Expert witness says bridge collapse due to lack of...
Christi and presided over by retired U.S. Coast Guard investigator and
legal officer James A. Wilson, will attempt to determine the cause...
Corpus Christi Caller-Times Oct 12 2001 22:40:00 GMT
Tugboat captain wont testify at bridge collapse...
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) - The captain of a tugboat declined Tuesday to
Amarillo Globe-Times Oct 10 2001 16:42:00 GMT
Hearing over bridge accident starts today
ly calls a hearing for serious accidents resulting in death, he said
Corpus Christi Caller-Times Oct 09 2001 13:57:00 GMT
Bridge collapse raises safety issues
Bridge collapse raises safety issuesCoast Guard had warned tug company of
problems in 199810/08/2001Associated Press HARLINGEN, Texas Th...
Dallas Morning News Oct 08 2001 16:23:00 GMT
in South Texas bridge collapse tied to 60...
Company in South Texas br 100 yards. Also, Cameron County District
Attorney Yolanda de Leon said her office will review the criminal inve...
Reporter News Oct 08 2001 16:22:00 GMT
Repair of fallen bridge starts
By KELLEY SHANNON The Associated Press AUSTIN - The rebuilding of a
collapsed portion of the Queen Isabella Causeway is beginning and coo...
Star-Telegram.com Sep 27 2001 09:34:00 GMT
Last victim of South Padre bridge collapse...
rimary goal of retrieving victims has been achieved, said DPS spokesman
Adrian Rivera. Our personnel are relieved that these vehicles ha...
Dallas Morning News Sep 26 2001 08:28:00 GMT
Divers find last auto in bridge disaster
PORT ISABEL (AP) - A Navy dive team equipped with sophisticated equipment
joined the search for three people still missing since Saturday...
Amarillo Globe-Times Sep 22 2001 09:05:00 GMT
Perry issues disaster declaration for bridge...
Dallas Morning News Sep 21 2001
Texas islands economy collapses with bridge
By LYNN BREZOSKY, Associated Press SOUTH PADRE ISt
Modesto Bee Sep 21 2001
Unidentified body found in bridge debris
od by a previous estimate that it would take at least four months to
repair the causeway, Saenz said the cost estimate may triple to abou...
Houston Chronicle Sep 19 2001
5 confirmed dead in bridge collapse
The death count from Saturdays collapse of a portion of the Queen Isabella
Causeway rose to five on Monday, with as many as four people s...
MSNBC Sep 18 2001 18:33:00 GMT
Restaurant manager feels ‘born again’ after surviving plunge off
Tue Sep 18 08:21:41 EDT 2001
Five dead, several missing as barges topple segments of Texas bridge
in collapse of Padre Island bridge
PORT ISABEL - A
group of barges smashed into a pillar of the only bridge leading to
popular South Padre Island early Saturday, toppling three 80-foot
sections of the bridge and killing at least four people whose vehicles
plunged into the water 85 feet below.
Search Restarts for Bridge Collapse Victims
PORT ISABEL, Tex., Sept. 17 (AP) Recovery crews resumed searching the water
today for the bodies of people who may have been trapped in t...
New York Times Sep 18 2001 02:30:27 GMT
Eight people confirmed dead,
thirteen people rescued from the water.
Four loaded barges crashed into the Queen Isabella
Causeway (Texas' longest bridge) taking out a 240 foot section of the
bridge. The Brown Water V tug and its barges crashed into one of the
columns toppling two 80 foot sections of the bridge. The third 80 foot
section collapsed later.
Five people have been confirmed
dead. Four at the time of the accident and one later that died in the
hospital. Two bodies were recovered from two vehicles that were pulled
from the water by crane and hoisted onto a barge. Among those killed was
Port Isabel Fire Marshal Robert Harris, said Desi Najera, emergency
Five vehicles were located in the 50-foot-deep water and
divers took pictures of their license plates for identification, said
Cameron County Sheriff Conrado Cantu. There could be as many as five more
Thirteen people have been rescued from the water.
The barges were owned by American Commercial Lines LLC of Jeffersonville,
Ind., and were being pushed by a tugboat owned by Brown Water Marine
Services Inc. of Rockport
The bridge will be out a couple
weeks while engineers decided what to do. One short-term option, which
would take about five days to implement, would be to install a portable
bridge to span the 160-foot gap, Randy Dillard of TDOT said. Dillard
said permanent repairs could take a month and cost $1 million.
In the meantime the State has hired ferry's to get traffic
back and forth to the island.
Just two days before the
accident meetings were held to discuss a second causway that will be built
to the island. Ten million dollars has already been earmarked for the job.
Stephen Mosher, president of Brown Water Towing I, Inc.,
said in a statement that the barge struck an unmarked sand bar within the
channel that caused it to veer off course. He said navigation lights on
the causeway were not working.
State troopers and
the Texas Parks and Wildlife are joining the Coast Guard in reviewing the
circumstances of the collision. Authorities say the barge went off course
by about 100 yards about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Also, Cameron County District
Attorney Yolanda de Leon said her office will review the criminal
investigation of last weekend's causeway collapse.
A preliminary investigation found the channel was adequately maintained
at least 14 feet deep. It also found the operator, a relief captain, was
not alcohol-impaired and had not been working an especially long shift,
said Coast Guard spokesman Alan Grodecki.