Chris Messerly ’81 Announces Settlement in Minneapolis Bridge Collapse (

During the evening rush hour on August 1, 2007, the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145. The National Transportation Safety Board cited a design flaw as the likely cause of the collapse. On Monday, Chris Messerly, of the Bowdoin Class of 1981 and lead attorney for a consortium of attorneys in the Twin Cities representing more than 100 clients, announced a settlement in the case.