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A year after overpass collapse that killed a Kentucky man, Ohio report unfinished

Brandon Carl, shown in inset with his daughter, Kennedy, was killed Jan. 19 in an overpass collapse on Interstate 75.
Brandon Carl, shown in inset with his daughter, Kennedy, was killed Jan. 19 in an overpass collapse on Interstate 75. Inset photo provided. Bridge photo by the Associated Press.

A state analysis of a highway overpass collapse that killed a construction worker in southwestern Ohio has yet to be completed a year later, and lawsuits over the accident continue as the man’s family struggles with his death.

The Jan. 19 collapse during demolition to remove an Interstate 75 bridge north of downtown Cincinnati killed Brandon Carl of Augusta, Ky. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration already has determined that Carl died in a “preventable workplace accident” and fined Kokosing Construction Co. Inc. $14,000, citing it for serious safety violations.

The Columbus-based contractor acknowledged that its internal review showed that it made an engineering mistake that might have contributed to the collapse.

But ODOT hasn’t released any details of its report, saying it is focusing more on state construction processes.

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