Report: Man Called 911 About Tilting Interstate Bridge in April

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    A worker inspects the underside of the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River near Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 3, 2014, after it was closed due to the discovery of four tilting support columns. The closure created heavier-than-normal traffic conditions for motorists on Interstate 95, a major East Coast artery. The bridge normally carries about 90,000 vehicles a day. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    A man says he notified Delaware transportation officials nearly two months ago that something was wrong with the Interstate 495 bridge in Wilmington that closed earlier this week due to tilting supporting columns.

    Charles Allen Jr. said on Friday that he noticed the cement Jersey barriers dividing the northbound and southbound lanes of the bridge were separating when driving over the bridge on April 15.

    Allen said he called 911 after not being able to reach the transportation department immediately. He said a transportation official called him back minutes later and told him someone would look at the bridge the following day.

    Allen spoke to the AP after The News Journal of Wilmington published an interview with him on its website Friday.

    Transportation secretary Shailen Bhatt told the AP his department is investigating the 911 call.