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Old 08-01-2007, 09:43 PM   #16
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Sula, I hope your brother is alright.

Has anyone heard from arw/Pop Bono (Amanda)?
I am not sure if her daily path would take her near this bridge (knowing where she live and where her school is, etc.).

Six deaths so far.

I have driven this bridge hundreds of times when I lived in the area. I used to park under this bridge when I went to Vikings games. It just blows my mind.

Hoping all friends and family are ok!

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Old 08-01-2007, 09:54 PM   #18
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Just got a call from my brother. He's fine, thankfully. He'd been on the bridge just a few hours before the incident. Thank you all for your kind thoughts.

Like zoney, this really just blows my mind. When I lived in the Cities, I used to cross this bridge all the time; it's a MAJOR artery. I can't even imagine how this will affect day-to-day life in the city...traffic is going to be unbelievable. It just seems so bizarre that such a big structure like that would topple into the river.
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Good to hear. Hopefully there aren't any more dead than the six already...
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:00 PM   #20
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Glad he's okay!

This reminds me of "Mothman Prophecies" which was a fictionalized account of the actual collapse of the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River. I hope there aren't people under water that no one sees like in that story. I's scary to think this could happen to any bridge at any time. What an unimaginable tragedy
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:16 PM   #21
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Apparently there was a report in 2001 that questioned the complete safety of the bridge.
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:33 PM   #22
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Sula, great to hear that your brother is okay! I'm still in shock, personally. I know that I've traveled over that bridge many times as well...
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:46 PM   #23
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Originally posted by Diane L

Has anyone heard from arw/Pop Bono (Amanda)?

I got a text message from arw around 8:40 she said she is ok.
Glad your brother is ok, Sula
My friend just heard from her brother, he takes that bridge daily and he chose to take another way home tonight.
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Old 08-01-2007, 11:47 PM   #24
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I was in a grad class a few blocks away. Everybody started getting calls and texts from family/friends. Surreal and scary.

A girl in class couldn't get a hold of her brother who comes home on the bridge each day.

I was able to get a block away from the wreckage. Very "War of the Worlds". Crowds of people, 100s of cops/firefighers.
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Old 08-01-2007, 11:51 PM   #25
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I'm glad you're safe, Max. I'm also glad that Sula's brother and ARW are okay.
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Butterscotch, it's scary how much you are reading my mind....are you sure you don't practice Legilimency?...I take a break from the Harry Potter threads to visit my old home in FYM and find this....apparently, the the UK is not the only place enduring a Dementor-filled summer. (Sorry, Jo Rowling recdently made a joke about the UK the last 2 HP books the Dementors were responsible for a lot of weather related and "natural disasters" in the Muggle world) I too thought underfunding b/c of Iraq and "Mothman Prophecies", only in the summer and the daytime...esp since that film was apparently based on a real-life incident. Oh wait, the Mothman Prophecies incident happened in the evening rush hour too! But in the winter...

it's really going to hit the fan when the investigation is made...this bridge was ONLY 40 yrs old! At least I hope it does. Sorry to be thinking on such a tangent but somebody brought up Katrina and infrastructure failure..This state has a Republican governor and I wonder if he will be more successful at getting a Federal response of some kind. I hate to be thinking like this, but I wonder how this will play politically.

I can't even imagine how terrible this is. In 1986 we had a collapse of I-90 here near Albany, NY, about a 50-foot section of the Interstate broke off over a creek, in a rural area but heavily traveled section of the highway. 14 dead, if I remember correctly. It was huge news here. And considering the effect that that comparatively minor incident had on travel traffic etc I can't imagine how this is going to affect daily life. It's not like you can just reroute traffic over the other bridge....

Sula, Rush, and everyone, I am so glad your familes okay...God was looking out for them. How have been on the bridge just before it went....or a simple hunch not to go may have saved a life. We must look for the best in any situation, no matter how tragic. Like the schoolkids getting rescued.

I will pray for all the familes affected by this. May God be with them and everyone.
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Old 08-02-2007, 12:36 AM   #27
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I only just heard about this, disasters like these are just shocking...
My deepest thoughts and prayers for those in the area and with friends and family affected by this :Pray: :Pray:
Take care and stay safe everyone
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I'm going to throw up. I've been shaking all night. I do not drive on this bridge daily but I know several people who do. I was at school all night so unable to watch any of the news. I heard about this around 6:30 when I walked in the school. One of my friends was sitting at the table in the kitchen in tears. She drives over the bridge everyday. She stopped by her boyfriends house on the way to school so she took a different way. Otherwise she could have been on the bridge. A few others at school had similar stories about how they could have been there. One of the Chefs was so upset that he put on msnbc for the students to watch on the big screen while they were cooking. He wouldn't say if he knew anyone but I could tell he was pretty shaken up by it all. Another Chef crossed the bridge at 6:00 pm tonight on his way to school.

I'm actually just getting home now from school (after midnight) so I haven't been able to see the news or pictures until now. I can't believe that entire bridge fell into the river. I've been on it a million times. I probably would have been on it this weekend. It's shocking. Nine people dead. Dozens missing. We all checked our phones all night to make sure everyone we knew was ok....
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thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this shocking thing.
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Old 08-02-2007, 05:43 AM   #30
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CNN has video of the bridge collapsing. Appears to have been taken with a surveilance cam.

I can't imagine what it must have been like being in one of the vehicles crossing the bridge when it came down.

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.

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