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Construction Worker Killed After I-75 Overpass Collapses

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Bill Rinehart
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WVXU

A construction worker was killed when a section of an unused overpass collapsed onto the southbound lanes of I-75 Monday night. A truck driver was hurt when his semi hit the collapse, near Hopple Street. Chief Jeffery Blackwell says the collapse will affect southbound traffic.

"We anticipate at least a 48-hour closure of 75 South. We want to advise people to please stay away from the area," he said.

Blackwell also pointed out the truck driver was lucky.

"In a matter of seconds, his fate would have been different as well." 

The overpass that fell used to be the ramp from northbound 75 to Hopple. It had been replaced with a new overpass in the last year, and was being torn down. It’s not clear yet what made it collapse.