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Very little info at this point. Looks terrible on TV.

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35W bridge over Mississippi collapsed

People were crawling to rescue Wednesday after the 35W bridge over the Mississippi River has collapsed. Cars were on fire.

Witnesses have told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that people are in the water.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS crews estimate as many as 50 vehicles are in the crash.

Police have begun a rescue operation to save those people.

Emergency crews are on the scene.


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I am seeing pictures of this is CA.
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Watching Live on both CNN and KSTP via the Internet. Is this section of the bridge just North East of the Metrodome and Washington Ave?

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That's the section. They have a map over at the Strib.

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All of us outside of the Twin Cities are thinking of you guys. Hope the casualty count is very, very minimal.


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What a scary scene. It looks like armegeddon. The whole freakin thing is gone, in the water. Looks like maybe half mile of bridge? The more video/pics I see the scarier it gets.

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I'm guessing when the bridge went it was at least a 40 foot drop for most. Some would land near the shore on both sides others wouldn't be that lucky... even if they could survive the fall.

I can't imagine how this happened. The bridge was under repair at the time. There is a report that several of the supports were questioned at the last inspection.


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They just advised that they now have confirmed that seven have died. From the pictures I have been seeing alnight that count is going to go even higher thoughout the night. What a tragic loss for everyone involved. My heart goes out to you guys that live in the area.


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I work about 2 miles down University Ave from there...very rarely drive 35W though. I can't even comprehend this yet...

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I work about 2 miles down University Ave from there...very rarely drive 35W though. I can't even comprehend this yet...




Going down to the Cities from Duluth, I always take 35W and drive over that very bridge. If I had been going to the Twins game tonight, I would have been very near that point when it went down. Kind of a scary thought.

I remember thinking, while I was watching the coverage on CNN, that this kind of thing doesn't happen in Minnesota. We get tornadoes and floods, but not this. It's kind of mind numbing.





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Just saw it on the news... Here's praying the damage is minimal.... Very strange event indeed, almost surreal..... Take care all..........


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I've been over that bridge many times.

It's sort of strange, because that bridge and the old Mendota Heights bridge were always sort of scary to cross.

This has been a really bad day.

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John wrote:
I'm guessing when the bridge went it was at least a 40 foot drop for most.


65 feet.


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are there any reports of how it broke yet?

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FavresLegacy wrote:
are there any reports of how it broke yet?




Nope. Some kind of structural failure is the leading supposition at this point.




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FavresLegacy wrote:
are there any reports of how it broke yet?


They haven't even recovered a lot of the people from the river yet... I think they'll work on that first then look at the bridge. It'll take a long time to determine what went wrong with the bridge I'm sure.


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I wonder if there could be any survivers under the river. I mean maybe one of the cars was airtight and the doors got pinned under something. They completely need to be looking for survivers still I think.

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FavresLegacy wrote:
I wonder if there could be any survivers under the river. I mean maybe one of the cars was airtight and the doors got pinned under something. They completely need to be looking for survivers still I think.


Too small a space to hold sufficient oxygen, it'd run out shortly. Also, not that likely. Anyone in that situation would be best to kick out a window and swim for the surface. Hope was pretty much gone by midnight.


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Did anyone see the interview Brian Williams of NBC did with the Asst Deputy fire Chief on Thursday? Asked what were the positives he experienced during this catastrophe, he began to talk about 'Minnesota Nice' and how ordinary people jumped in to help rescue people at the risk of their own lives and how help came pouring in without officials asking for it. Then, as he tried to continue about these ordinary people helping, he became choked up and couldn't continue. Let me tell you, at that moment I was never so proud to be a Minnesotan.




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me too :!:


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DeeEss57 wrote:
Did anyone see the interview Brian Williams of NBC did with the Asst Deputy fire Chief on Thursday? Asked what were the positives he experienced during this catastrophe, he began to talk about 'Minnesota Nice' and how ordinary people jumped in to help rescue people at the risk of their own lives and how help came pouring in without officials asking for it. Then, as he tried to continue about these ordinary people helping, he became choked up and couldn't continue. Let me tell you, at that moment I was never so proud to be a Minnesotan.




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Yes, I watched that. Excellent interview and very moving.

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Vikings pledge support to bridge relief

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said his club would donate the proceeds of tonight's practice at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato to the 35W bridge relief efforts.

"We feel the Vikings family should be committed to helping the families who were affected," Wilf said.

Added owner Mark Wilf, "You see the tragedy, and you feel for the families and want to help."

The Wilfs said they would explore other possibilities to help.

There was also a moment of silence, to honor the families affected around 7:40 p.m., when the entire teams were on the stadium field.

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I just got back home to day and watched a lot
of the coverage on CNN while on the cruise.

I hope that all of you guys and your families are safe.

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15 minutes soon and my neighbor's son would have been on the bridge when it went down. Thankfully he left work early that day, because him and his wife were planning the wedding and moving in to a house or something like that.

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Looks like they are thinking way down the road. Hopefully
Minnesota builds and maintains this one a little better. I am
just glad no more people were killed or injured in this accident
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the national media headlines make it look like minnesota messed up really badly, but if you read between the lines it sounds to me like it was just a freak accident. what they keep using against them is that it was on some list of bridges that were unsafe (or some wording like that). They also say in some articles that a lot of bridges in the US have that rating. I really side with the state from what I have heard so far. I think something freakish happened. I don't think they were trying to do things on the cheap. It annoys me how the media turned on them just to make good headlines.


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the national media headlines make it look like minnesota messed up really badly, but if you read between the lines it sounds to me like it was just a freak accident.


35W is a national interstate highway.

There have been many groups stating for years that the infrustructure of the national and state transportation systems have been degraded to a point of catastrophe.

Of course, only after a catastophe are most people willing to listen. This one was in Minnesota, but it could have been one of dozens of other bridges that are old and overused.

We had a wake up call, but we pressed the snooze bar, and people had to die for us to actually wake up.

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What's really scary about this issue is that Minnesota was supposed to be one of the leading states for bridge infrastructure rating.

Can anybody verify if that's true? I heard it on some news cast but can't find any online sources to back it up.

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but what i was saying was that it doesn't seem like minnesota was anymore negligent then any other state. in fact, from the articles i read it sounded like minnesota had a low percentage of bridges that were unsafe compared to other states. if newspapers were claiming that government in general was being way to lax about bridge safety i would agree, but they are disguising the issue by saying minnesota was to blame and implying the rest of you are safe. that doesn't sit right with me.


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but what i was saying was that it doesn't seem like minnesota was anymore negligent then any other state. in fact, from the articles i read it sounded like minnesota had a low percentage of bridges that were unsafe compared to other states. if newspapers were claiming that government in general was being way to lax about bridge safety i would agree, but they are disguising the issue by saying minnesota was to blame and implying the rest of you are safe. that doesn't sit right with me.


Everything I've heard has been the opposite.

I've been hearing that the government defunded projects to help keep bridges all over the country up to specification and that Minnesota was actually near the top (Or at the top) of the list of states that were doing a good job maintaining them. (A good job relative to the other states, that is).

The question has been "If this is the best state, what's that say for the other states?".

Again, I've only seen one news cast saying this (I don't watch a lot of news) and I haven't found anything online yet to back it up.

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