DOT: No one injured in gantry collapse on U.S. 74-76

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A gantry collapsed into the marsh along U.S. 74-76 on Monday. Photos courtesy of the N.C. Department of Transportation.
A gantry collapsed into the marsh along U.S. 74-76 on Monday. Photos courtesy of the N.C. Department of Transportation.

No one was injured Monday when a gantry collapsed at a Brunswick County highway construction site.

According to Brian Rick with the N.C. Department of Transportation, a gantry–a bridgelike structure used to support construction equipment such as cranes–collapsed at the site on the U.S. 74-76 causeway near Leland at about 3 p.m. Monday.

The contractor was setting a construction beam–also known as a girder–for the new bridge at the Brunswick River, Rick said. While performing this operation, the gantry was bolted to the cap to support one end of the beam so the beam could be placed into its final position on the cap.

“The gantry at this point fell, dropping the girder into the marsh,” Rick said. “The top beam of the gantry fell on the portable concrete barrier and damaged…the barrier.”

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The collapse damaged a concrete barrier but no one was injured.

The contractor cleaned the debris out of the road to prevent any vehicles from being damaged, Rick said. One lane of traffic was closed at about 10 p.m. so the contractor could replace the piece of damaged concrete barrier.

The contractor is currently conducting an internal investigation to determine what caused the gantry to fall over, Rick said.