Media outlets ask Professor Ansari why did the Baltimore bridge collapse?

Media outlets in Chicago and Sacramento, California have reached out to UIC Distinguished Professor and Christopher B. and Susan S. Burk Professor of Civil Engineering Farhad Ansari for expert advice about the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on March 26.

The bridge, a roughly 1.5-mile-long steel arch truss bridge, collapsed into the Patapsco River early after a containership struck it, sending people and vehicles into the water and shut down one of the country’s busiest ports.

Ansari spoke to an ABC 7 Chicago news reporter about how investigators would examine whether there was enough protective structure around the pier.

“I think that some of them could take such loads or absorb most of the energy, and I wonder if this bridge had sufficient protective structures around its piers,” Ansari explained.

See the full story at ABC 7 news.

Source: University of Illinois Chicago
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