Margie Kieper e-mailed me just after noon today, alerting me that, at a press conference this morning about the Minneapolis bridge disaster, NTSB head Mark Rosenker said investigators are seeking “an opportunity to get up close and see how the metal separated… or was cut.” Huh? See for yourself at WCCO, or below:
Oddly, the media isn’t covering the part of Rosenker’s statement where he talked about the metal potentially being “cut.” I’m not sure if he is referring to possible sabotage, or to some sort of construction accident (i.e., accidental “cutting”), but either way, it’s surely newsworthy, no? Yet the articles about the press conference are pretty boilerplate. For example, the Star-Tribune says only:
NTSB investigators today will begin focusing on the north end of the bridge, he said. They have already concluded that the collapse probably did not occur on the south side.
The NTSB us hiring a pilot and helicopter to perform a high-resolution photographic inventory of everything in the area, including vehicles and debris.