Leaders say bridge accident shows replacement need

COVINGTON, KY. (AP) - Business leaders and politicians say the tragic death of a motorist who was knocked off the Brent Spence Bridge after his car stalled on Friday proves a $2.5 billion bridge replacement is urgently needed.

State Rep. Arnold Simpson told The Kentucky Enquirer he lost a friend in a similar accident eight years ago. The Covington Democrat's friend was having car trouble on the bridge when a tractor-trailer slammed into him.

Replacement of the bridge between Cincinnati and Covington is still more than a decade away, but Simpson, who sits on the state budget committee, said the panel would push to make it happen faster.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Matt Davis said a new bridge is needed for economic reasons as well.

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