Reasoning Behind 35W Collapse Released
Federal safety officials recommend new safety rules Friday to prevent future tragedies like the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge, reported the Star Tribune.
The National Transportation Safety Board said the collapse was caused by miscalculation and a design failure combined with inadequate oversight by the state and federal regulators, the Star Tribune reported.
The article attributed the collapse to the bridgeâ€™s construction which could not withhold the weight added over the 40 years since it was first built.
"It's intriguing to me that an error of omission of that magnitude would have been made," said Steven Chealander, one of five board members who signed off unanimously on the final report. "It's inexplicable,â€? reported the Star Tribune about the bridge collapse on Aug. 1, 2007 that killed 13 people.