35W beam failed first, lawyer says

  • Article by: JIM FOTI , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 26, 2009 - 12:06 AM

Engineers hired by attorneys for 117 survivors and relatives of victims in the bridge disaster disagree with the NTSB and say the collapse was preventable.

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groover6Mar. 25, 0912:07 PM

At least he did not blame Bush.

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cmm13820Mar. 25, 0912:10 PM

What are the background of these "experts"? You have a group of experienced engineers working for the NTSB and we're not to believe them because why? Oh I know... you're representing 117 families and you have to be right otherwise you wouldn't get paid. I get it now...

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mkuldaMar. 25, 0912:12 PM

A group of trial attorneys who want to profit from the disaster have come up with this because they can't get much money from the state. They instead want to go after the deep pockets from private companies to get their windfall. So rather than blame it on the state's poor design and poor maintenance, they want to get a private entity on the hook so they can fleece them for more money. Remember that the trial attorneys will likely get 30-40% of whatever they can get from a settlement from the private companies.

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xjritterMar. 25, 0912:13 PM

It seems to me that all the weight on the bridge was the major initiating factor in the 8/1/07 tragedy on 35-W. I crossed that bridge 11 days before it collapsed and wondered at the sheer amount of equipment (which was being unused that weekend). The "gusset plate" theory seems to be an attempt to divert attention and responsibility away from the construction company that overloaded the bridge.

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rick24rick24Mar. 25, 0912:14 PM

Congressperson James Oberstar was right - the NTSB rushed their investigation and got it wrong.

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twirwinMar. 25, 0912:14 PM

A greedy lawyer who's wants to profit greatly from a tragedy.

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wyttenMar. 25, 0912:15 PM

There's more money to chase in this alternative scenario than in the official cause

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MurlzMar. 25, 0912:15 PM

An expert hired by the attorney(s) representing the survivors and victims think the findings by the NTSB are wrong. I am shocked! I wonder what could be their motivation? Hmmmm: $-$$$,$$$,$$$,$$$,$$$.$$

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MurlzMar. 25, 0912:15 PM

An expert hired by the attorney(s) representing the survivors and victims think the findings by the NTSB are wrong. I am shocked! I wonder what could be their motivation? Hmmmm: $-$$$,$$$,$$$,$$$,$$$.$$

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dorkeemnMar. 25, 0912:20 PM

are only as good as the money behind them...had these "Experts" been working for the NTSB they would have agreed with them that the cause was the gusset plate. The problem for them (this group) with the gusset plate explanation is that there isn't anyone to sue or hold liabilible for it's failure.

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