Bridge collapse in southwest Georgia kills one, injures two

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NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – Officials say a bridge collapse in southwest Georgia has claimed one person’s life and left two others seriously hurt.

According to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, a portion of an access road bridge near I-20 in Newton County collapsed Tuesday evening while construction workers were dismantling the bridge.

The sheriff’s office says the collapse caused three construction workers to become submerged in the Yellow River. First responders rescued the workers from the river.

However, the sheriff’s office says one person died.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), two others sustained serious injuries.

Additional equipment, crews, and a crane worked overnight to recover equipment from the collapse. 

Authorities say they expect the bridge to be closed for the next 270 days.

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