Video shows moment railroad bridge partially collapsed in Syracuse

A portion of a railroad bridge collapsed in Syracuse Thursday. (Photojournalist Quindell Williams)

Surveillance video captured the moment a railroad bridge partially collapsed in Syracuse.

The video, captured by a camera at the Chimes Building just up the street from the bridge, shows a couple of vehicles were in the area when a slab of side railing from the bridge tumbled to the ground, knocking over traffic lights in the process. The collapse sent debris onto nearby S. Clinton Street and its intersection with W. Onondaga Street.

The vehicles were not struck by the bridge and officials say nobody was hurt.

As of Friday afternoon S. Clinton Street remains closed, however debris has been cleared from W. Onondaga Street and it is back open.

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The bridge is owned by the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway and he wasn't aware of any prior calls or complaints about the bridge crumbling.

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Crews will inspect the rest of the railway track that runs through the city, officials said. Inspectors form the railway and the Federal Railroad Administration all responded to the site.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said Friday the city does not have jurisdiction over the bridge, so it is asking the Federal Railroad Administration, which does have oversight, to provide the most recent inspection report for the bridge, explain the inspection process, inspect all of the railroad viaduct running through Syracuse, and perform an audit of past inspections conducted by the railroad itself.

In a statement, New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway said a concrete support bearing "failed due to deterioration," causing two sections of fascia to fall to the ground. The railway says the fascias are not load bearing and mainly serve a decorative purpose, but also keep stone under the tracks from falling. A third section of fascia was removed overnight Thursday into Friday, according to the railway.

New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway said it plans to install temporary barriers on top of the structure to keep stones from falling while a permanent replacement is designed.

"In an abundance of caution, three temporary addition supports will be installed under other sections of the fascia which have been identified by the consulting engineers as areas of potential concern," the railway said in a statement. Rail traffic is prohibited in the area until further notice.

The railway says the span of bridge was built in the 1930's.

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