Mo. bridge partially collapses under weight of ambulance

Authorities said recent flooding had caused the bridge's support beams to rot


By Nassim Benchaabane
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

WELDON SPRING, Mo. — An ambulance responding to a call on the Katy Trail on Thursday got stuck when a pedestrian bridge partially collapsed under its weight.

The ambulance was on its way about 3 p.m. to help a person who had been overcome by heat on the trail near Weldon Spring, according to Dave Lewis, assistant chief of the St. Charles County Ambulance District. It made it over over two similar bridges before getting stuck.

No one was hurt in the partial bridge collapse. (Photo/St. Charles County Ambulance District)
No one was hurt in the partial bridge collapse. (Photo/St. Charles County Ambulance District)

No paramedics in the ambulance were injured, Lewis said. Another ambulance was able to help the victim, who left the scene with a family member.

Vehicles have driven over the bridges many times before without any problems, but water from recent flooding had caused the bridge's support beams to rot, Lewis said. The weakened bridge buckled under the ambulance's weight, and the ambulance's wheels broke through the deck.

The ambulance was still stuck on the bridge as of 10 p.m. Officials were continuing to work into the night to get it off the bridge, Lewis said.

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