Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Tragedy too Close to Home
The end of rush hour, 6:10 pm, bumper to bumper traffic heading to the baseball game or home from work.
I35W is a major artery crossing the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis.
Witness reports say it bounced up and down (one said it felt similar to bad alignment) or heaved or waved then dropped out of sight. Seven deaths confirmed, many injuries.
Roughly 50 cars in the wreckage and in the water surrounding the bridge were searched. Recovery efforts will start for any that lie underneath.
The bridge deck was undergoing maintenance, but the failure was structural.
Twenty people, including one construction worker, missing.
Everyday heroes helped the injured from their vehicles and got 60 kids out of a bus.
- ob a major cycling route lies underneath and follows the shoreline