January 14, 2013
A 54-year-old man driving west on the Walt Whitman Bridge on Sunday morning stopped his car, got out, and leaped over the side to his death, police said. The suicide happened at 11:23 a.m., a police spokeswoman said. A Coast Guard crew recovered the man's body. He was pronounced dead shortly after noon. Police, who were still investigating Sunday night, declined to identify the man. - John P. Martin
April 16, 1999 |
A construction worker fell to his death from the Walt Whitman Bridge yesterday morning, and the long-running bridge redecking was halted for an investigation. David Crompton, 32, of the 6500 block of Ditman Street in the Northeast, fell about 50 feet onto a concrete area below the Philadelphia side of the bridge, said Joe Diemer, spokesman for the Delaware River Port Authority, which operates the bridge. He fell about 7:30 a.m. Crews have been putting down new steel decking in a $160 million project that began in 1994 and is to be completed next year.
July 2, 2010 |
A holiday trip to the Shore ended in tragedy this morning when an SUV carrying a Philadelphia family lost control and flipped on I-76 in Camden near the Walt Whitman Bridge. John Fean, 53, was partially ejected when his black Ford Explorer skidded at 11:23 a.m. and landed on its side. Medics declared him dead at the scene. Fean's wife and daughter received minor injuries and were taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, said Sgt. Stephen Jones, spokesman for the New Jersey State Police.
May 15, 2007 |
Today, we celebrate the birthday of one of the region's most important structures. You see it all the time as you drive through the region. You may drive over it on your way to work, the "game" or the Shore. It is an iconic landmark in the Delaware Valley: the Walt Whitman Bridge. For 50 years, the Walt Whitman Bridge has played an important role in supporting and expanding our local economy. Since it opened for business, the bridge has altered the regional skyline, shaped local history, and fundamentally changed the way people live.
August 21, 1998 |
A mishap yesterday morning at a South Philadelphia plastics plant spewed clouds of chemicals into the air, sending 21 people to the hospital with itchy eyes and shortness of breath and shutting down the Walt Whitman Bridge for five hours, causing headaches for drivers on both sides of the Delaware River. Officials at Ashland Chemical Co. said the cause of the chemical release, which began at 10:45 a.m., was under investigation. Workers at the plant, on Columbus Boulevard just south of Oregon Avenue, were mixing chemicals used to make liquid plastic in a 4,000-gallon reactor tank when the mixture overheated, Deputy Fire Chief Bernard Dyer said.
April 19, 1993 |
All those trips back and forth, to and from Gloucester City and the Walt Whitman Bridge have taken their toll on the city's police and fire departments. Now, city officials say they want to be reimbursed for their efforts. Gloucester City provides numerous municipal services for the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), which operates the Walt Whitman Bridge, said City Administrator Ed Doczy. And with few exceptions, the city receives no reimbursement for its work, he said.
September 24, 1993 |
In the competitive outdoor-advertising business, Intervine Outdoor Advertising of Cherry Hill has established its niche by finding eye-catching sites for its free-standing units. Last year, it identified just such a site in Gloucester City near the Walt Whitman Bridge, which would be visible to riders of the 55,000 vehicles that cross into New Jersey daily. And so, it went before the local zoning board, seeking permission to build three free-standing billboards - 960-square-feet each - on the west side of Broadway on property owned by Holt Hauling & Warehousing Inc. The city, it argued, would benefit by getting advertising space or revenues.
December 20, 1998 |
The record will show that Sunday, Aug. 13, 1994, was a hazy, hot and humid day. In fact, the high of 92 made it the hottest day of the month. Probably forgotten in the passing of time is that this, by all reckoning, also was the last day before work began to rebuild and repair the Walt Whitman Bridge and its feeder roads. More than four years later, the work goes on and is expected to continue into 2000. The biggest part of the project, the redecking of the bridge itself, is expected to be done in time for the opening of the Republican Convention in July of that year.
October 21, 1999 |
Say amen, Walt Whitman Bridge users. After more than 2 1/2 years of sharing the bridge with work crews, motorists will get the span all to themselves by Thanksgiving as a redecking project wraps up seven months ahead of schedule and under budget. And, the Delaware River Port Authority said yesterday, the bridge will get a movable barrier that will give it an extra lane to handle traffic. The announcements came before the agency's board held its monthly meeting, at which it approved $9 million in waterfront projects and heard an appeal not to demolish the old Sears building in Camden as part of the sprucing up of the Admiral Wilson Boulevard.
June 27, 1994 |
A 24-year-old from Camden's Fairview section, distraught over a domestic dispute, climbed the East Tower of the Walt Whitman Bridge yesterday morning and threatened to jump into traffic. When bridge police made no headway with the man, a hostage negotiator with the New Jersey State Police was called in. He eventually talked the man (top railing, center) into surrendering. The man was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. The bridge was closed in both directions from 10:12 until 12:35.