Portion of ceiling collapses in Boston tunnel
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
The woman, Milena M. Delvalle, 38, of Jamica Plain was traveling with her husband, Angel Delvalle, 46 to Logan Airport just after 11:00 pm. At least four 3-ton ceiling panels fell on their car, partially crushing it. Milena Delvalle died on the spot while her husband managed to crawl out of the car window, sustaining only minor injuries.
The panels are designed to be held in position by metal rods and an epoxy "glue", which appear to have failed, causing the collapse. The investigation into the collapse is focusing on the epoxy, reports CBS 4.
The tunnel, which was opened in 2003, is part of the Big Dig project.
With the connector tunnel remaining closed, The collapse has caused substantial traffic delays.
- "US Highway Administration releases interim report on Boston's Big Dig: press release claims tunnel safe, but report does not" — Wikinews, April 6, 2005
- "Tunnel Investigation Eyes Glue Used To Hold Panels" — , Jul 12, 2006
- Jamy Pombo. "Ceiling Panels Removed After Tunnel Accident" — , July 11, 2006
- Associated Press. "Woman killed when part of ceiling falls in Big Dig tunnel" — , July 11, 2006
- Associated Press. "Mayor calls for third-party probe of tunnel collapse" — , July 11, 2006
- "Ceiling collapse leads to detours, traffic tie-ups" — , July 11, 2006
- Ken Maguire (Associated Press). "Woman killed when part of ceiling falls in Big Dig tunnel" — , July 11, 2006
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