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Group of Minn. bridge victims again files suit (10:09 p.m. 6/19/09)

MARTIGA LOHN
AP Writer

St. Paul, Minn. (AP) — The largest group of victims from the Interstate 35W bridge collapse two years ago filed lawsuits Thursday against two companies that worked on the structure, saying the rush-hour disaster in downtown Minneapolis was “entirely avoidable.”

Lawyers for 93 survivors and families of victims filed 79 lawsuits in Hennepin County District Court against URS Corp., a consultant that analyzed the bridge, and Progressive Contractors Inc., the St. Michael, Minn., company whose crews were resurfacing the bridge when it fell into the Mississippi River.

The Aug. 1, 2007, collapse of one of the state’s busiest bridges during the evening rush hour killed 13 people and injured 145.

The lawsuits allege that San Francisco-based URS was negligent for failing to identify problems with the bridge, including a locked roller bearing and too-thin gusset plates connecting bridge beams.

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