Woman sues over bridge collapse at Texas A&M

John Suayan Feb. 22, 2016, 9:27am


A Galveston woman recently sued Southeast Service Corp. over the collapse of a bridge at Texas A&M University in College Station.

In a lawsuit filed Feb. 3 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas, Kelli Green Erwin asserts that she sustained injuries on July 21, 2015 when she walked on the bridge in question.

According to the suit, the wooden bridge, located at TAMU’s Research Park, gave way because of rotten timbers.

“The bridge had been allowed to remain in its dangerous condition even though it was located in an area designed for use by patrons of the park area,” the original petition says.

“There were no warning signs to notify Plaintiff and the general public of the dangerous condition of the bridge.”

Erwin adds she “was unable to identify any risks and potential dangers and was unsuspecting of the unsafe condition of the bridge.”

The complaint faults the defendant because “it had exclusive control over the real property where the incident took place” under the terms of a valid Landscape Maintenance Services Agreement with TAMU.

“The condition of the wooden bridge posed an unreasonable risk of harm in that the wooden

timbers were allowed to rotten and deteriorate and to remain in a dangerous condition prior

to the plaintiff’s injury,” the suit says.

“The defendant’s employees had actual knowledge or should have known of the dangerous condition of the wooden bridge prior to the incident, but failed to take corrective action.”

TAMU is not a party in the litigation.

Erwin seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is represented by attorney Daniel D. Horowitz, III of The Law Office of Daniel D. Horowitz, III, PC.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 3:16-CV-00033

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