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MnDOT fires top emergency response official

The Minnesota Department of Transportation fired the emergency response official who failed to return to Minnesota for 10 days following the 35W bridge collapse, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Saturday.

Sonia Kay Morphew Pitt had been on paid leave since early September. Phone records showed that she used her state government issued phone more for personal calls than for work calls in those 10 days when she failed to return to the Twin Cities, instead directing from Washington D.C. Most of those calls were with a male friend who worked in the Federal Highway Administration.