Coleman backs NTSB decision to skip public bridge hearing

9:27 AM, Mar 19, 2008   |    comments
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Senator Norm Coleman says he won't challenge the National Transportation Safety Board's decision to skip a public hearing into the Minneapolis bridge collapse. The Minnesota Republican says he trusts the judgment of the NTSB to proceed as it wants. He says he senses their final conclusion will be above debate. Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar says he wants the NTSB to reconsider its decision against holding an interim hearing. Oberstar says it could be both a teaching and learning opportunity stemming from a major tragedy that killed 13 people and injured many more. An NTSB spokesman says the board doesn't do public hearings on most major accidents, noting none were conducted last year.

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