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Pennsylvania bridge collapses; kills worker, injures two others

About 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, a bridge being overhauled suddenly collapsed on three workers, killing one of them. The other two construction workers were injured, according to reports.

"It just buckled," a spokesperson for the contractor said of the 103-year-old bridge. Demolition crews were at work when the collapse occurred.

Known as the "Pennsy Bridge" on U.S. Route 219 in Ridgway, the structure carries the weight of about 5,600 vehicles per day, according to information from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The spokesperson for the construction company admitted that in the hours following the tragedy, officials still did not "really...know what happened." Two of the workers were subcontractors; the other worker, an employee.

People working at a hardware store just a few doors away didn't hear much of anything when the overpass fell, according to an area publication. "All you felt was a little bump," one employee said.

The families of the workers injured and of the worker killed are obviously feeling much more than that today. The injured workers are undoubtedly relieved that they survived what must have been a frightening experience, while the family of the worker killed in the incident must deal with grief and loss that words cannot describe.

The construction community undoubtedly mourns with them.

For many injured workers, a series of fights begins when they are injured. They must fight to regain their health by battling injuries, overcoming surgeries and going through long and painful physical therapy and recuperation.

In some situations, they must fight for workers' compensation benefits as well.

For others, a third party might be responsible for the injuries, meaning that the injured construction workers and their attorneys will file claims to ensure that the workers get the full and fair compensation to which they are entitled.

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