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1 dead after bridge collapses during dismantle process, sheriff's office says

The collapse caused three construction workers to be submerged in the Yellow River, the sheriff's office said.

ATLANTA — Members of a construction crew were hurt Tuesday evening when a bridge they were working to dismantle collapsed, deputies said. One person died.

According to the Newton County Sheriff's Office, a portion of the Access Road bridge collapsed just before 5:30 p.m. The collapse caused three construction workers to be submerged in the Yellow River. The sheriff's office said in a Facebook post the workers were rescued and were receiving medical attention.

In a later update, the sheriff's office said one person had died. 

At approximately 5:27 p.m. this evening, a portion of the Access Road (Frontage Road) bridge collapsed while...

Posted by Newton County, GA Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The Georgia Department of Transportation said the workers were subcontractors (B & D Concrete Cutting Inc.) for Georgia Bridge and Concrete who were starting demo work on the first of four bridge spans on the Access Road replacement project near I-20 Exit 88.  

GDOT said a crane will be brought to the scene to recover equipment. Work is expected to continue overnight.

Deputies said the right lane on I-20 eastbound from Exit 88 is opening back up. Delays are expected.