The wife of a man who was seriously injured in the De la Concorde overpass collapse says the Quebec Order of Engineers has learned nothing from the incident.
- De la Concorde overpass collapse nobody's fault: Order of Engineers
Five people were killed and six were injured when part of the Laval overpass crumbled on Sept. 30, 2006, crushing the cars travelling beneath it.
'It’s a staple in Quebec — we don’t blame anyone'- Maria Mercadante, victim's wife
On Wednesday, Quebec's Order of Engineers said it would not lay blame for the incident because so much time has passed since the overpass was constructed in 1970, making it difficult to investigate.
Mohamed Ashraff was one of the people injured in the collapse.
Ashraff's wife, Maria Mercadante, told CBC’s Daybreak she’s not surprised by the Order’s decision.
“It’s a staple in Quebec — we don’t blame anyone… We just spend money on commissions and the ones who are responsible get away with it,” she said.
'It would have made much more sense to come up with some sort of apology.'- Giuseppe Indelicato, former vice-president of the Quebec Order of Engineers
Mercadante said her husband has never received an apology.
She said the lack of consequences suggests the Order has learned nothing from the tragedy.
“No one has lost their job, no one has lost their licence, no one has lost anything. So why would they learn from it?” Mercandate said.
Giuseppe Indelicato, a former vice-president of the Quebec Order of Engineers, said the Order is dealing with a complex situation, since certain documents cannot be found and some of the engineers involved in the overpass’s construction have died.
But he said the Order should have at least apologized.
“It would have made much more sense to come up with some sort of apology, a general apology for the Order, and not get involved in an inquiry that took eight years and that cost quite a lot,” Indelicato said.