1 construction worker dies in bridge collapse in Missouri

Oct 27, 2022, 1:24 AM | Updated: 3:03 pm

Responders gather at a bridge under construction after it collapsed in rural Clay County near Kearn...

Responders gather at a bridge under construction after it collapsed in rural Clay County near Kearny, Mo., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. Workers were pouring concrete on the bridge when the accident happened killing one worker and injuring two others. (Rich Sugg/The Kansas City Star via AP)

(Rich Sugg/The Kansas City Star via AP)

KEARNEY, Mo. (AP) — A 22-year-old construction worker from California, Missouri, died when a bridge collapsed in northwest Missouri, officials said Thursday.

The bridge was under construction when it fell on Wednesday in a rural area near Kearney, about 27 miles (43 kilometers) northeast of Kansas City.

The fatality was identified Thursday as Connor Ernst, who worked for a contractor at the bridge site.

Clay County sheriff’s officials initially said two other construction workers were injured but later Wednesday said a third construction worker was on the bridge. The three workers were able to extricate themselves and suffered minor injuries, sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

Workers were pouring concrete for the deck of the bridge when it fell.

The four workers were employed by contractors who were replacing a bridge over a creek. Ernst worked for Lehman Construction in California, Missouri.

The old bridge was closed in 2016. Construction on the two-lane bridge began in late May 2021, with plans to open early next year.

The Clay County Highway Department said no previous safety concerns were found on the project. An engineering contractor inspected the bridge Wednesday before the deck was poured, according to the sheriff’s department.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the collapse.

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