35W bridge over Mississippi collapsed

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35W bridge over Mississippi collapsed

Post by John » Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:45 pm

Very little info at this point. Looks terrible on TV.
KSTP wrote: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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Post by MWNANCe » Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:01 pm

I am seeing pictures of this is CA.
Hope all are safe
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Post by Kansas Viking » Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:15 pm

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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Post by Kansas Viking » Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:24 pm

That's the section. They have a map over at the Strib.
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Re: 35W bridge over Mississippi collapsed

Post by DanAS1 » Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:45 pm

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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Post by PurpleMustReign » Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:30 pm

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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Post by John » Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:34 pm

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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Post by vikingman » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:33 pm

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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Post by DougMN » Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:02 pm

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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Post by DeeEss57 » Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:13 pm

DougMN wrote: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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Post by viker 77 » Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:21 pm

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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Post by Minniman » Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:40 am

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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Post by Dark Viking » Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:57 am

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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Post by Samkon35 » Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:28 am

are there any reports of how it broke yet?
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Post by DeeEss57 » Thu Aug 02, 2007 10:22 am

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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