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In the wake of the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, Caltrans commissioned an oral history project to document the personal and professional experiences of Caltrans employees who worked to restore the State's damaged transportation system. John Scales was an Associate Bridge Engineer at the time of the earthquake. For the following week he volunteered to work at the collapsed Cypress structure where he was placed in charge of Erol Kaslan and other Caltrans workers who were there to assist rescue workers in finding casualties. In the interview he explains the complexities of working and trying to locate survivors on the collapsed viaduct that was constantly shifting during aftershocks.
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