NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


May 26, 2002

The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a 14-member Go Team to investigate today's bridge collapse on Interstate 40 in Oklahoma. A portion of the highway bridge over the Arkansas River collapsed this morning after apparently being struck by a barge. Senior NTSB highway investigator Ken Suydam will serve as Investigator-in-Charge. NTSB Member George W. Black is accompanying the team and will serve as principal spokesman for the investigation on scene. Keith Holloway will be the NTSB press officer on scene.

The Safety Board team consists of highway and marine investigators from Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Georgia and Arlington, Texas. The United States Coast Guard will be cooperating and participating in the Safety Board's investigation.

NTSB Chairman Marion Blakey said, "I wish to express my condolences to those who may have lost loved ones in today's accident. The NTSB is committing all necessary resources to determine what caused this tragedy, and will be assisted by state and other federal authorities toward that end."

Contact information for the Safety Board's command post in Muskogee, Oklahoma will be released when determined.

NTSB Media Contact:
Keith Holloway
(202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.