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Old 08-01-2007, 08:49 PM   #1
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Bridge collapse in Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS - The entire span of an interstate bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed during evening rush hour Wednesday, sending vehicles, tons of concrete and twisted metal crashing into the water.

The Interstate 35W bridge, which spans between Minneapolis and St. Paul, was under construction when it broke into several huge sections.

It was not clear how many people were injured. A burning truck and a school bus clung to one slanted slab, while at least eight cars and a truck were submerged in the river.

The bus had just crossed the bridge before it crumpled into pieces, and broadcast reports indicated the children on the bus exited out the back door.

Dozens of vehicles were scattered and stacked on top of each other amid the rubble. Some people were stranded on parts of the bridge that aren't completely in the water.

Local television stations captured video of injured people being carried up the riverbank. There was no official word on injuries, but dozens of rescue vehicles were there. Divers were also in the water.
I used to drive over this thing all the time. My brother lives very close to it, and I haven't been able to get ahold of him yet.
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That's horrible, but I'm sure everything's alright with your brother
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Oh my, that's awful. I hope your brother is ok Sula.
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:00 PM   #4
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North and South all along the River

I am super sad about the bridge collapse. I live over by here and my husband was going to go to the ball game tonight and decided not to at the last minute. He would have taken the 35 bridge crossing over the mississippi at about the time it collapsed. Now, during the rescue effort we are about to get severe thunderstorms. I can hear it rumbling. Is there any thing to the fact that hurrican Katrina hit on the very southern tip of the M. river and now the north?
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oh my god, i just saw a "breaking news" thingy when i walked past my dad watching the tv.

this is terrible. i hope that they can save everyone. i dunno if you're still online, sula, so i'm gonna text you.
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:22 PM   #6
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This is devastating And this morning a greyhound bus turned over in NC. It's not safe to travel anymore. You never know when you're going to be riding along, and plop. This happened in Arkansas a few years ago too. Our 50 year old infrastructure is crumbling and we haven't got enough money to fix it thanks to Iraq

I hope everyone everybody knows is okay and people on this forum who live there I know there are a few.
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:29 PM   #7
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my heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to everyone there. Sula I hope you hear from your brother...


this is just awful...
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:33 PM   #8
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That's terrible Can you give us some updates? I'm not getting much from CNN.

I can imagine the whole city must be paralyzed.
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:49 PM   #9
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they are saying that there are at least 50 cars underwater. Its starting to get dark. I just can't believe something like this would happen up here. Its a major interstate-it just collapsed!! We have too much waterway and not enough bridges up here!
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http://forum.interference.com/t178674.html

There's discussion on the incident already here.
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I just saw this...the bridge is literally 5 blocks or less from the dorm I'm going to be living at in a month. Sula, I hope your brother is okay
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Yeah, this is just horrifying.

I have random thoughts about things like this when I drive on the bridges around Seattle, particularly the Alaskan Way viaduct, which is just a honkin' structure of concrete doomed to collapse if and when the Big One hits.
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Thanks!
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:15 PM   #14
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Sula, I hope your brother is alright.

Has anyone heard from arw/Pop Bono (Amanda)?
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I really cannot emphasize how horrible this is. The footage reminds me of a low grade Katrina. I mean, this is a city that seems to take care of their infrastructure. And on the Miss. R. what is going on? It really bothers me!!!
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