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bcampbe7
08-01-2007, 09:48 PM
God speed to those involved.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/01/bridge.collapse/index.html

The news is now saying 3 confirmed dead.










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Roonie's
08-01-2007, 10:00 PM
My wife's work team are unaccounted for. One crossed it 7 minutes prior and we are trying to locate the rest. Luckily my wife went different way home this evening.

JohnE
08-01-2007, 10:08 PM
I saw it on the news about a half hour ago. Unbelievable occurance. My prayers to anyone involved.

fintek9
08-01-2007, 10:08 PM
This is wild, been watching it for about 1/2 hr. WOW hope and pray for these people...

puck_11
08-01-2007, 10:25 PM
My sister crossed the bridge shortly before it collapsed. I can't imagine how a bridge would collapse?!?! Prayers for everyone involved.

suedv
08-01-2007, 11:05 PM
Now I'm getting concerned. Our mid-west resource office for The Nature Conservancy is in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our legal office is there and I work with those people by phone or email nearly every day. I'm praying I don't hear bad news when I get to work tomorrow.

bigmac
08-01-2007, 11:14 PM
I can't even think how many times I've been over that bridge. My daughter crosses it every day, my sister in law was stuck on it in traffic for 30 minutes and made it off about 20 minutes before it collapsed. Fortunately, one lane on each side was closed for resurfacing, otherwise there would have been more cars in the river. It is absolutely astonishing.

milkmania
08-01-2007, 11:28 PM
update:

just got a message stating that the casualties were up to 6

http://www.4029tv.com/news/13801620/detail.html

Roonie's
08-01-2007, 11:38 PM
My wife's employess are all ok. One of them was on the bridge at time of collapse and her car went into the water and she escaped through her broken window and swam to shore. Everyone accounted for so far thank God.

betsy&david Harrison
08-01-2007, 11:41 PM
This is unfathomable...where is our technology? I can understand in an actual earthquake or some other disaster but...just collapsing? My positive prayers are with the people of Minn. right now.

Monte
08-02-2007, 12:15 AM
I have no words..

Jesus_Freak
08-02-2007, 12:52 AM
Unbelievable occurance. My prayers to anyone involved.

Ditto..........

betsy&david Harrison
08-02-2007, 12:58 AM
And now there are 7 innocent lives lost.

puck_11
08-02-2007, 01:22 AM
http://www.startribune.com/10204/story/1338808.html

http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1338773.html

http://www.startribune.com/10136/gallery/1338445.html

Ryan27r
08-02-2007, 01:30 AM
It was amazing to watch the news for 6 strait hours tonight. there will most likely be more bad news in the morning. Thoughts and prayers go out to all the affected families.

justinlkgb
08-02-2007, 01:40 AM
An absolute tragedy. We heard over the radio between sessions....Just erie to think it could have been anyone of us that travels that bridge.

milkmania
08-02-2007, 01:58 AM
photos

http://www.abcnews.go.com/US/popup?id=3438665

Maristar210
08-02-2007, 09:08 AM
Awful tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to all involved. Truly astonishing that could happen.

chudson
08-02-2007, 09:22 AM
Terrible shame, and the bridge was declared structurally unsound in "2005". It could have been much worse!!!

jlf
08-02-2007, 09:43 AM
This is horrible, we've driven over that bridge too. Not daily like those who live in the cities, but often enough, it's hard to think about. We'll just keep praying for eveyone.

It's not tragic only because of the lives lost, but imagine the damage done to the Mississippi below. It is going to have such a negative impact on the wildlife of the water and barge and water traffic are going to be impacted.

Jkelly
08-02-2007, 10:07 AM
I just heard about this on the radio this morning.

#47of100TeamMC
08-02-2007, 10:10 AM
Definatley a crazy Pandemonium around here this morning. My Commute was extended by only 20min. as traffic was re-routed onto my route. I don't normally go over the 35Bridge on my way home, But do take it on an occasion. Death toll has been Dropped to 4 now? not sure how that happens. But still over 20 people un-accounted for. We'll keep Praying for those families involved.

bigmac
08-02-2007, 10:24 AM
It won't be long now that the shock will wear off and the authorities and public will go from recovery mode to the predictable display of righteous outrage and rampant finger-pointing. Heads are gonna roll for sure - by god we're going to want to know who to blame for this. This would be a bad time to be a structural engineer with MnDOT.

Roonie's
08-02-2007, 10:57 AM
My heart goes out to the families as well!! They are in my prayers.

starman205
08-02-2007, 11:22 AM
Look at the video now showing on CNN of the actual collapse. Structural failure or something else???????

Dan K
08-02-2007, 11:46 AM
It won't be long now that the shock will wear off and the authorities and public will go from recovery mode to the predictable display of righteous outrage and rampant finger-pointing. Heads are gonna roll for sure - by god we're going to want to know who to blame for this. This would be a bad time to be a structural engineer with MnDOT.
bigmac, I agree unfortunately no amount of fingerpointing or blame will bring back those that lost their lives nor will it erase the horror the survivors must have gone through. This is such a trajic accident that will leave a visible reminder for quite some time. We are glad that you and your family are OK.

JimN
08-02-2007, 12:01 PM
The bridge was declared unsound on '05- the fingers are going to be pointing in the direction of whoever allowed it to remain in use.

If they use salt on the roads in winter, 40 years is about the life span for a steel bridge. We had one here in MKE that was inspected and shut down instantly once the inspection was about 25% complete. Some of the structural members had 75% loss of section (cross-sectional area) and some of these were in tension. Fortunately, they were also resurfacing it at the time and this allowed visual confirmation of problems, which made them bring in the X-Ray equipment.

Being rush hour, I don't know how so few were lost but hopefully, the count will remain low. The river will recover and barge traffic will resume. Lost lives, well,... you know. Sounds like some of the people involved handled things very well.

mpm32
08-02-2007, 12:02 PM
This happened here in CT in 1983, the Mianus River bridge collapsed very similarly.

suedv
08-02-2007, 01:07 PM
I just got word that all of the legal staff that I work with in Minneapolis are OK and as far as we know all their family members have been accounted for too.

Several of the employees had just gone under the bridge before the collapse on their way home from work and some were working late and still in the office. The office is in very close proximity to the bridge so it is closed today and the parking lot is being used as a staging area for emergency personnel. The bridge is visible from the office windows.

That is a BIG relief.

#47of100TeamMC
08-02-2007, 02:35 PM
[quote=JimN]The bridge was declared unsound on '05- the fingers are going to be pointing in the direction of whoever allowed it to remain in use. quote]

I don't think that is totally true. The Bridge was inspected again last year and was deemed "no immediate structural Issues" They ran big trucks over the bridge and measured movement and everything... The recommendation was "replacement around the year 2020"

I guess that time came sooner than they thought... THAT company is going to be under some scruitany I'm sure.

bigmac
08-02-2007, 02:41 PM
Yeh, how'd you like to be the U of M engineering professor that signed off on that bridge in 2006?

As to "the bridge being declared structurally unsound in 2005", there is going to be a LOT of misquoting and mis-reporting by "journalists" in these early days, and the more outrageous the statement the more likely it is to be propagated. I think it's unwise to buy into journalistic sensationalism at this point in time. Naturally, there's going to be a lot of uninformed guessing about the cause, but that's pointless. I am absolutely certain that this will be one of the most thoroughly studied engineering disasters in history. There are a lot of similar bridges in this country and I'm confident that everybody is going to demand all of the answers about why this rather ordinary bridge just "fell down".

jleger98
08-02-2007, 02:48 PM
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2007/08/02/vosli.mn.i35w.bridge.collapse.side.view.cnn

#47of100TeamMC
08-02-2007, 02:58 PM
Yeh, how'd you like to be the U of M engineering professor that signed off on that bridge in 2006?

Yeah, Not a good time to be that guy... The Scary thing, is that it is documented that there are over 600,000 bridges in this country, and 80,000 of them have had a similar or worse rating than this one did...

chudson
08-02-2007, 03:24 PM
Terrible shame, and the bridge was declared structurally unsound in "2005". It could have been much worse!!!

edit: should have added the website below from my previuos post!!!

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/02/bridge.structure/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

tex
08-02-2007, 03:43 PM
A very good friend who I skied with in several shows lives in the area. Her husband goes that way every day to work. They are ok. My heart goes out to all those people!

#47of100TeamMC
08-02-2007, 03:57 PM
I guess this is World Wide News now... My cousin is a Marine Stationed in Okinawa Japan. He called my Aunt this morning asking if we were ok.

Lennyp04
08-02-2007, 04:04 PM
Thoughts and Prayers to all those involved.

peason
08-03-2007, 12:55 AM
This is all unbelievable. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families. My office is approx. 10-15 minutes NE of this bridge - I probably use it 1-2 times a week. Thankfully everyone at our office has been accounted for and I have called to check on all of our friends who may have used the bridge - all is well.

milkmania
08-03-2007, 01:16 AM
video of it collapsing in 4 seconds

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-070802bridge,1,5546538.story

tex
08-03-2007, 03:15 PM
I stole this off Showskiers.com

What a story and what a girl!

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 11:02 pm Post subject: MN Bridge Collapse HERO ~ Shanna Hanson ~ Ex-Show Skier

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Many of you have seen the national coverage of the collapsed highway bridge in Minnesota but now CNN and other national news stations are interviewing a local ex-show skier, Shanna Hanson, who used to ski for the River Rats in Minneapolis (who's ski site is only a mile up from the disaster) and the Little Crow Ski Team in New London, Minnesota.

She is a fire fighter, a captain, here in the cities now and is quite a hero at this disaster. She is seen on camera helping victims and leading the physical recovery effort. Our 6-foot blonde is hard to miss.

Please keep us here in Minnesota in your prayers and stand behind our show skier hero, Shanna Hanson.

Thank you and God Bless.
http://wcco.com/local/local_story_215010819.html

#47of100TeamMC
08-03-2007, 03:24 PM
I stole this off Showskiers.com

What a story and what a girl!

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 11:02 pm Post subject: MN Bridge Collapse HERO ~ Shanna Hanson ~ Ex-Show Skier

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Many of you have seen the national coverage of the collapsed highway bridge in Minnesota but now CNN and other national news stations are interviewing a local ex-show skier, Shanna Hanson, who used to ski for the River Rats in Minneapolis (who's ski site is only a mile up from the disaster) and the Little Crow Ski Team in New London, Minnesota.

She is a fire fighter, a captain, here in the cities now and is quite a hero at this disaster. She is seen on camera helping victims and leading the physical recovery effort. Our 6-foot blonde is hard to miss.

Please keep us here in Minnesota in your prayers and stand behind our show skier hero, Shanna Hanson.

Thank you and God Bless.
http://wcco.com/local/local_story_215010819.html

That's Our Girl!

I grew up watching her ski on the Little Crow ski Team!

Great Story! Great Woman!

milkmania
08-03-2007, 03:29 PM
That's Our Girl!

I grew up watching her ski on the Little Crow ski Team!

Great Story! Great Woman!

I had just watched that video on CNN :worthy:

Tourney Team 197
08-07-2007, 12:14 AM
My wife and I happened to be down in the area of the 35W bridge for the Twins game on 8/1/07. There was a definite eerie feeling watching the dozens upon dozens of fire trucks race to the scene. It was a scary night for all of us up in MN.