Fan falls through Detroit pedestrian bridge en route to Tigers game

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“I remember thinking, ‘I hope I’m not over the freeway.'”

The ground beneath an elevated pedestrian bridge spanning Detroit’s M-10 Lodge Freeway is visible through a hole in the concrete large enough for a person to fall through. Ely Hydes, walking across the pedestrian bridge to a Detroit Tigers game, said he fell 15 feet to the ground when part of the concrete collapsed on May 9, 2022. However, the bridge remained open for days until The Detroit News reached out to the state Department of Transportation on Sunday, May 15. Kevin Hardy/Detroit News via AP

DETROIT (AP) — A man walking on a pedestrian bridge to a Detroit Tigers game said he fell 15 feet (4.6 meters) to the ground when part of the concrete collapsed.

Ely Hydes said the incident happened on May 9, but the bridge was still open until The Detroit News contacted the state Department of Transportation on Sunday.

The Spruce Street Pedestrian Bridge is located above the M-10, also known as the Lodge Freeway. Hydes said he was walking to Comerica Park with a friend when “the bridge just collapsed under my feet.”

“I remember thinking, ‘I hope I’m not over the freeway.’ I landed about two meters from the traffic. … After hitting the ground, it pretty much took the wind out of my hand,” Hydes, 36, told the newspaper.

He informed the police and then continued his walk to the Tigers game, a 2-0 loss to Oakland. Hydes went to a hospital a few days later.

“I’m a giant walking bruise right now,” he said.

The Department for Transport said it was not aware of the hole in the bridge until notified by the newspaper.

“The Spruce Pedestrian Bridge was constructed in 1953 and due to its age and condition, it is under an annual detailed bridge inspection due this month,” spokeswoman Diane Cross said.

In 2019, Hydes caught a home run hit by Albert Pujols, the 2,000. Slugger’s career RBI. He gave the Ball to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

“Crazy things happen to me when I go to Tigers games – good and bad,” Hydes said.

https://www.boston.com/sports/mlb/2022/05/17/fan-falls-through-detroit-footbridge-on-way-to-tigers-game/ Fan falls through Detroit pedestrian bridge en route to Tigers game

Matthew Hallett

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