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Bridge Failure Database

Bay Bridge MacArthur Maze connector ramp near Emeryville (California)

Year 2007
Type Road
Cause Human error
Details Tanker truck explosion. Heat from the fire, which reached temperatures estimated at up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, caused the metal bolts and girders on the highway connector ramp above to melt. The overpass then gave way and collapsed.
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Collapse partial
Phase in service
Period 1991-2009
Continent North America
Reference http://www.nbc11.com/news/13217764/detail.html

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