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Officials review bridge design after fatal fall

The space between the two spans is closed on the bridge's middle section where cable rigging provides support, but there is a gap between the two spans on either side.

The Trucker News Services

11/6/2013

MIDDLETOWN, Del. — After a man accidentally fell to his death from the Roth Bridge, officials are evaluating the bridge's design.

Delaware State Police believe 25-year-old DeKeevis Johnson was not aware of the 12-foot gap between the bridge's two spans when he tried to cross from one side of the bridge to the other to reach his disabled car. He fell 118 feet to the ground and died.

The space between the two spans is closed on the bridge's middle section where cable rigging provides support, but there is a gap between the two spans on either side.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will visit the site Wednesday and an agency spokesman says they will make recommendations about what can be done to prevent a similar tragedy in the future.

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