Fed prosecutors drop charges against Big Dig contractor in fatal ceiling collapse

Tunnel collapse charges dropped for Big Dig firm

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors in Boston have agreed to drop charges against one of the Big Dig’s largest contractors in a collapse that killed a Boston woman.

Prosecutors announced their decision in court Friday to drop the most serious charges against Modern Continental Construction Inc.

The company pleaded guilty to 39 other counts of making false statements and faces a fine of nearly $20 million.

Milena Del Valle (mee-LEE’-nah del VAH’-yay) was killed when ceiling panels in a connector tunnel fell on her car in 2006.

The company admitted some employees knew about defects in part of an interstate tunnel wall but signed a certificate that it met specifications. It also admitted overbilling pay for some workers.

The company has filed for bankruptcy protection.

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