Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Heartbreak for tunnel victim's husband & family

The chunks of concrete that fell on the car(CBS4) - The woman killed in the I-90 connector tunnel ceiling collapse will be laid to rest in her native Costa Rica.

38-year-old Milena Delvalle left behind three adult children and her husband, who is speaking about the accident for the first time.

46-year-old Angel Delvalle and his wife Milena were driving to Logan Airport to pick up his brother Monday night when 12 tons of concrete dropped on their car just after 11 p.m.

"It was like a bomb," he told the Boston Herald. "Everything was falling. It was too fast. I couldn't stop. I couldn't do anything."

“It all happened so fast, I can’t even understand what happened.” he told the Boston Globe.

Milena was riding on the passenger side, which bore the brunt of the crashing concrete. Angel crawled through a window and escaped with minor injuries. He said there was no way to pry open the passenger side door.

"I wanted to do the impossible," he told the Globe.

Angel also said his wife "was the woman of my life... and she continued to be until God took her away from me."

"Milena was just a wonderful woman...that's all I can say about her," said sister-in-law Inez Del Valle-Nelson to CBS4's Karen Anderson.

The Del Valles were married about 18 months ago and lived in Jamaica Plain. She moved to Massachusetts from her native Costa Rica about five years ago. Her three children still live there.

Angel is a native of Puerto Rico. Milena worked in a local restaurant and cleaned offices at night. Angel works at a local supermarket.

Milena’s friends told CBS4 she worked the two jobs so she could send money home to her family.

The family is working to organize a memorial service for Friday in Boston.

As for the investigation, the family is waiting for everything to play out. "Somebody's going to have to be held responsible...but where do you start?" said Duane Nelson, Angel's brother-in-law.

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