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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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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 floods...in 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 frightening.....to 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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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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Old 08-02-2007, 12:40 AM   #28
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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. http://www.cnn.com/video/

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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I can't even fathom experiencing that. It seems unreal. So horrific.
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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....
I feel for you. It must be so much worse because you live there, seeing it every day, having been over it, and knowing it just gave out. I'd be afraid to cross any bridge for awhile. It must be very traumatizing for the survivors.
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Hopefully this is an isolated incident. They mentioned a study on the news that states a high percentage of bridges nationwide are considered "obsolete".
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Glad to hear no one here was directly affected by this tragedy.

I can only imagine how horrific something like this was to have gone through. I'm driving over the Ambassador Bridge tomorrow - maybe I'll take the tunnel.

Thoughts are with everyone during this time.
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It's horrific. These images have re-ignited a childhood fear of bridges. Crossing the Chesapeake Bay bridge on family trips as a kid used to give me anxiety attacks.

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Glad to hear no one here was directly affected by this tragedy.

I can only imagine how horrific something like this was to have gone through. I'm driving over the Ambassador Bridge tomorrow - maybe I'll take the tunnel.

Thoughts are with everyone during this time.
Thank God. :Pray:
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The 20-30 missing is the scary stat.
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:29 PM   #38
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Glad to hear no one here was directly affected by this tragedy.

I can only imagine how horrific something like this was to have gone through. I'm driving over the Ambassador Bridge tomorrow - maybe I'll take the tunnel.

Thoughts are with everyone during this time.
I hate the Ambassador Bridge. The damn thing looks like it could fall apart at any second. I refuse to drive on it or be in a car driven on it.
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It's the stories that aren't in the national media yet that are really terrible. There's cars still in the river under water and under the rubble that they haven't been able to get to. But as of last night, they were talking to some of the victims trapped there..


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Cries for help in the wreckage; investigators describe difficulties of rescue efforts
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Article Last Updated: 08/02/2007 01:46:54 PM CDT


People pinned and dying in the wreckage of the Interstate 35W bridge Wednesday night asked rescue workers to say their goodbyes to their families, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan said.

More details are emerging about the frantic minutes and hours after the collapse of the bridge that spanned the Mississippi River and the harrowing choices rescue workers had to make.

"There's people pinned, severely injured. We couldn't move them. It was an obviously dangerous situation with stuff still falling." Dolan said. "The decision was made to leave them."

"People who were pinned or partly crushed told emergency workers to say 'hello' or say 'goodbye' to their loved ones," he said.

Dolan said recovery of wreckage and bodies continues today.
However, as of about 5 minutes ago the recovery was suspended and no one knows why at this point.
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It's the stories that aren't in the national media yet that are really terrible. There's cars still in the river under water and under the rubble that they haven't been able to get to. But as of last night, they were talking to some of the victims trapped there..




However, as of about 5 minutes ago the recovery was suspended and no one knows why at this point.
How heartwrenching....
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