Gary woman files suit in NW Ind. bridge collapse

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 1:56 PM

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MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- One of the people injured when a pedestrian bridge in northwestern Indiana collapsed after a fireworks show has sued the township government.

The Times of Munster reports 37-year-old Treneice Campbell of Gary filed the lawsuit Wednesday along with her husband. Campbell reportedly suffered spinal and leg fractures.

Campbell's attorney Kenneth J. Allen says it is "inexcusable" an estimated 100 people were allowed on a bridge that wasn't supposed to hold more than 40.

The lawsuit names Ross Township and township trustee John Rooda as defendants and seeks a total of $5.5 million.

About 50 people were spilled into a lake when the bridge collapsed Saturday night.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday for Rooda at his township office.

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