City may seek safety measures on Ohio River bridge

CINCINNATI (AP) - A Cincinnati councilman wants federal officials to install fencing or other safety measures on the Ohio River bridge where a man was knocked into the water and died after his car stalled.

Police say 42-year-old Abdoulaye Yattara of suburban Cincinnati was trying to push his car across the Brent Spence Bridge on Friday morning after he had run out of gas. Another driver stopped to help Friday morning, but a van hit that vehicle and knocked Yattara into the water 80 feet below. His body was found Saturday.

Cincinnati Councilman Wendell Young hopes to present the city council with a resolution this week urging the federal government to install safety measures on the bridge.

"By not installing basic precautions, such as netting or fencing, the Federal Government is recklessly putting the lives of our citizens, not to mention our police officers and firefighters, in danger," said Councilman Young. "Accidents happen, but forcing both everyday people and our emergency safety officials to take unnecessary risks in order to assist people stranded on that bridge is absolutely unconscionable."

A funeral for Yattara was planned Monday at a Cincinnati mosque.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. staff contributed to this report.

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