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Traffic nightmare in San Francisco Bay area
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Posted on 04/30/2007 9:31:13 AM PDT by Yo-Yo

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco Bay Area is bracing for what promises to be a traffic nightmare for weeks or months to come.

A gasoline tanker crashed and burst into flames near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Sunday. The fire created such intense heat that a stretch of highway melted and collapsed.

The truck's driver walked away with second-degree burns. No other injuries were reported.

Authorities say the damage will cause the worst disruption for commuters since the 1989 earthquake that damaged a section of the Bay Bridge itself.

Transportation officials say they've already had added trains to the Bay Area Rapid Transit rail system, and they're urging people to telecommute if possible. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency. He's also authorized funding so that ferries, buses and the rail system can carry commuters free of charge during Monday's commute.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Science
KEYWORDS: again; baybridge
The fire created such intense heat that a stretch of highway melted and collapsed.

Shhh! Don't tell Rosie! According to her, fire can't melt steel and concrete.


1 posted on 04/30/2007 9:31:15 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Yo-Yo

Pssshhhhh. She’ll just say that GW had the CIA blow the bridge up in an effort to discredit her...


2 posted on 04/30/2007 9:35:55 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Aw, what the heck - Chaos Now, Serenity Later...)
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To: Yo-Yo

I was thinking the same thing when I heard Gov. Arnold quoted on the radio about steel melting.


3 posted on 04/30/2007 9:38:37 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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So how was your commute this morning?

4 posted on 04/30/2007 9:42:13 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Incorrigible

Everybody beat me to that. I also thought of Rosie and her knowledge of engineering and her saying that steel can’t melt as happened on 9/11.

Yep, Bush hired that truck driver to crash the gas truck and disable the bridge to cause major headaches for San Francisco and Oakland.


5 posted on 04/30/2007 9:43:34 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: martin_fierro

I suppose I should get dressed and head in. Hmmmm 7 miles. Surface streets or freeways?


6 posted on 04/30/2007 9:51:16 AM PDT by null and void (The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.)
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To: Hegemony Cricket
I saw the video of the bridge collapsing. I’m sure I saw small puffs of smoke where the demolition charges in the bridge were set off making it collapse.
7 posted on 04/30/2007 9:51:37 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Yo-Yo

Ack - those “small puffs of smoke” were the eeeevilll CIA guys’ ciggies!


8 posted on 04/30/2007 9:54:22 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Aw, what the heck - Chaos Now, Serenity Later...)
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To: martin_fierro

Hey Martin!
I daily thank God that I don’t have to commute to the Bay Area. It’s bad enough just driving the ten miles north to Santa Cruz. Sometimes even that can take an hour.


9 posted on 04/30/2007 9:55:19 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: Yo-Yo

I’m interested to hear how Gavin Newsom thinks this could have happened and what his plan is...but someone will have to get him out of whatever bathhouse he’s in.


10 posted on 04/30/2007 9:57:54 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Vision

Gavin is another New Orleans Mayor


11 posted on 04/30/2007 10:02:32 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: Yo-Yo
Commuter traffic was unbearable here today too.


12 posted on 04/30/2007 10:09:42 AM PDT by Daffynition (If you believe you can tell me what to think, I believe I can tell you where to go.)
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To: rainbow sprinkles
*GROAN*
13 posted on 04/30/2007 11:00:10 AM PDT by null and void (The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.)
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To: null and void

W-H-A-A-A-A-A ... I live in the boonies by choice, so I don’t have commuter/traffic nightmares.


14 posted on 04/30/2007 11:19:18 AM PDT by Daffynition (Everybody needs something to believe. I believe I'll have another cup of coffee!)
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To: rainbow sprinkles

Sure. Rub it in.


15 posted on 04/30/2007 11:48:32 AM PDT by null and void (The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.)
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To: rainbow sprinkles
Appears that there is a need a better highway lane discipline.

Somebody oughta go out there to explain the intricacies!

16 posted on 04/30/2007 11:49:42 AM PDT by all_mighty_dollar
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To: rainbow sprinkles

I liked it. ;’)


17 posted on 04/30/2007 7:53:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Saturday, April 28, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Yo-Yo hit the nail on the head with...
Shhh! Don't tell Rosie! According to her, fire can't melt steel and concrete.

18 posted on 04/30/2007 8:04:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Saturday, April 28, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Who is this Mosqueda driver that caused this accident?


19 posted on 05/01/2007 12:15:13 AM PDT by at bay ("We actually did an evil....." Eric Schmidt, CEO Google)
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To: SunkenCiv; all_mighty_dollar
Hav-ta share the roads with all types of big critters.


20 posted on 05/01/2007 2:04:34 AM PDT by Daffynition (Animal testing is futile! The animals always get nervous and give the wrong answers!)
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To: at bay

Must have been a hell of a big mosqueda. “Bring back DDT” ping.


21 posted on 05/01/2007 7:16:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Saturday, April 28, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: rainbow sprinkles

I have plenty of questions, but no antlers.


22 posted on 05/01/2007 7:16:56 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Saturday, April 28, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Your daughter's blind date is here to pick her up.


23 posted on 05/01/2007 2:18:42 PM PDT by Daffynition (Give the anarchists an inch, and the next thing you know, they want to be in charge!)
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To: rainbow sprinkles

I thought you were kiddin’ about livin’ in the boonies, but I was waaay wrong. ;’)


24 posted on 05/01/2007 9:49:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Saturday, April 28, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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