The collapse of a gangway and the injury of more than a dozen citizens in St. Marys Tuesday morning amplifies the importance of routine checkups and proper maintenance of municipal property. On the other hand, if the ramp was constructed to hold only so many people at one time, bear only so much weight, the limit should have been posted at both entrances for all to see.

It is possible, however, that there may even have been an undetectable flaw in the walkway. Another potential explanation is that it was just a freak accident.

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