Concrete failure blamed in fatal walkway collapse

Mar 6, 2014

University Village Apartments
Credit Miranda Metheny / KBIA

An engineering review of a fatal Columbia walkway collapse near the University of Missouri has found that a concrete failure was to blame.

Twenty-three-year city firefighter Bruce Britt died after he fell from the second-floor walkway at University Village apartments in late February. The lieutenant was going door-to-door looking for trapped residents in what was initially believed to be a roof collapse.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports a structural engineering firm working for the university attributed the collapse to weather damage and a construction flaw in which excess air remained inside the concrete slab.