John Dooty worked until he collapsed. Ambulance men brought him round and ordered him to go home. He was back within the hour.
Fellow workers refused to rest until everyone had been found
As news of the crash hit Melbourne the Government declared a disaster plan and all available firemen, ambulance officers and policemen were called in. The police threw a cordon around the disaster area, breaking it only for the constant stream of ambulances, nurse, doctors, priests, Salvation army workers, Boy Scouts and men among the passers-by who converged on the broken bridge to do what they could.
John Laino, who had been digging since he came down with the bridge, helped identify the dead and the unconscious injured.