LISTEN: Inspectors report ‘critical find’ in 911 calls to Memphis police, ask for immediate shutdown of I-40 bridge

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 5:34 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The City of Memphis released the 911 calls bridge inspectors made after finding a fractured beam in the middle of the I-40 bridge Tuesday.

Caller: ”I’m on the Hernando De Soto Bridge and I’m with an engineering firm that was hired by Arkansas DOT to inspect the bridge. We had a critical find on the bridge and we need to get traffic off of it immediately. So we need to shut it down in both directions and I will need your assistance with that.”

Despite initial confusion, dispatchers received confirmation from Arkansas authorities and police began shutting down the interstate a few minutes later.

Listen to the 911 calls in the player above and see images of the broken beam in the photo gallery.

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