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10 years after tragedy, community remembers bridge workers

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Ten years ago Sunday, a tragedy occurred during the construction of the Veterans Glass City Skyway.

A crane collapsed, killing four members of Ironworkers Local 55.

Friends, family and co-workers of the victims gathered near the Skyway Sunday to honor their memory.

The accident occurred at 2:22 PM.

There was a moment of silence in Tribute Park where a sculpture stands to remember the men who lost their lives.

"It was really bad. Nobody knew what to do. So confused," said Bob Laub, a steelworker who remembers the aftermath.

The crane was a mangled mess.

Killed were Robert Lipinski, Mike Moreau, Mike Phillips and Arden Clark II.

Four others were injured but survived.

"In fact, the people that built the crane didn't know what was happening. They said it was something they did wrong. Come to find out they did nothing wrong but they died because of it," said Mr. Laub.

Among those coming to Tribute Park was Paul Moreau, Mike's dad who remembers his son's work ethic.

"As a good, hard ironworker. He was a strong man and liked to work very hard. He loved to be an ironworker," said Mr. Moreau.

Andrew Burris' widow and daughter also came to Tribute Park.

The 36 year old carpenter died in a separate platform accident two months before the Skyway opened in 2007.

"These guys helped build the bridge and we should never forget what they did: Gave their lives for it," said former union president Jack Juhasz.

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