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48. Pier Collapses
The Oakville pier collapsed Saturday afternoon at 3:30.
hundreds of people were on the pier at
time of the collapse, no one was killed
only 15 people were injured. One person was
injured. That person was a 43-year-old man who
two broken legs, eight broken ribs, and a
Hundreds of people gathered around to watch
rescue efforts. Three local television stations and two
stations broadcast live from the pier. The collapse
after a big rig went out of control
morning and slammed into one of the main
for the pier.
For public safety reasons, a
council member wanted to close the pier immediately.
, local businesses on the pier and nearby protested.
officials decided to wait until tomorrow before sending
a structural engineer to investigate the damage.
reeked of booze,” said a police officer who
written the truck driver a ticket for driving
the influence. “He was so drunk that he
't even apply his brakes before he crashed into
support. It's a miracle that he didn’t kill
,” said the officer, who took the driver to
City officials said it was too early to
a complete damage estimate, but that repairs to
pier would probably cost at least $500,000 and
a month or more. The local business people
very unhappy because the repair process will significantly
consumer purchases for the summer season.
percent of our annual profits from June through
,” noted one T-shirt vendor. “This is going to