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Fiery Crash Collapses California Freeway (Hey Rosie! Gas Fire Melts Steel!)
AP ^ | Apr 29, 4:45 PM (ET) | MARCUS WOHLSEN

Posted on 04/29/2007 3:41:40 PM PDT by Captain Shamrock

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A heavily traveled section of freeway that funnels traffic off the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed early Sunday after a gasoline tanker truck overturned and erupted into flames, authorities said.

Flames shot 200 feet in the air and the heat was intense enough to melt part of the freeway and cause the collapse, but the truck's driver walked away from the scene with second-degree burns. No other injuries were reported.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: baybridge; gastankertruckfire; rosie
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Actually, I would say the steel was deformed into losing its ability to carry the weight of the freeway not melted like a steel smelter. However, the pictures tell the story of how an intensive gas fire can collapse a steel supported structure like a freeway bridge...or a skyscraper! Paging Rosie O'Donnell...Message for Rosie O'Donnell...
1 posted on 04/29/2007 3:41:42 PM PDT by Captain Shamrock
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To: Captain Shamrock

Someone needs to rub this in Rosie’s face.


2 posted on 04/29/2007 3:43:12 PM PDT by bmwcyle ( Freep Fox they drop the ball on GOE)
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To: Captain Shamrock
Rosie won’t let facts get in the way of her loony rantings.
3 posted on 04/29/2007 3:43:21 PM PDT by joonbug
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To: Captain Shamrock

Was Rosie O’Donnell driving on the freeway at the time and her excess mass caused it to collapse?


4 posted on 04/29/2007 3:43:47 PM PDT by pnh102
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To: Captain Shamrock

Rosie needs to get her money back for her Structural Engineering degree.

/sarc


5 posted on 04/29/2007 3:44:13 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Earth to libs: MARXISM DOESN'T SELL HERE. Try somewhere else.)
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To: Captain Shamrock

Thank you. Please e-mail her at ABC. This is exactly what I thought when I read saw that story on Fox News.


6 posted on 04/29/2007 3:44:19 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Prayers for Jemian's son,: Lord, please keep him safe and bring him home .)
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To: Captain Shamrock

What’s with these tanker crashes under highway over passes. We just had one in our area. It closed the road for a month.


7 posted on 04/29/2007 3:44:26 PM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: Captain Shamrock
Yep. If the temperature is HIGH enough, almost anything can be destroyed. The Oakland collapse is a lesson for those moonbats who still contend two jets could not have brought down the World Trade Center.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

8 posted on 04/29/2007 3:45:14 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Captain Shamrock

I’m sure thie event will give the no-good-niks an idea of possibilities in the future. Down with terrorism!


9 posted on 04/29/2007 3:46:17 PM PDT by PureSolace (God save us all)
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To: Captain Shamrock
Gee, It's as plain as the nose on my face.

The "government" (cue: neocon music and Dick Cheney evil laugh track) set up this accident up as to proof Rosie was wrong and continue the 9/11 cover up.

10 posted on 04/29/2007 3:49:29 PM PDT by Popman (New American Dream: Move to Mexican, cross the border, become an illegal. free everything)
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To: pnh102
Was Rosie O’Donnell driving on the freeway at the time and her excess mass caused it to collapse?

nah, she was just close to have witnessed that it was really a controlled demolition.
11 posted on 04/29/2007 3:49:59 PM PDT by verum ago (The Iranian Space Agency: set phasers to jihad!)
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To: Captain Shamrock

O’Donut was the first person I thought of this morning when seeing this.


12 posted on 04/29/2007 3:50:54 PM PDT by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: Captain Shamrock

A few years ago a tank truck carrying gasoline crashed and burned near here. A friend who works for the county took me to look at the aftermath.

It happened on a level stretch of highway and the damage to the road and surrounding area were amazing. The tar was burned right out of the asphalt leaving a crust of semi fused gravel. Trees 200 feet away were scorched and dying.


13 posted on 04/29/2007 3:51:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: pnh102

It was either that or the fire! The only two things that could bring the freeway down.


14 posted on 04/29/2007 3:52:06 PM PDT by Captain Shamrock
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To: bmwcyle

She’s too busy rubbing something else on her face to comment...


15 posted on 04/29/2007 3:54:43 PM PDT by Normal4me
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To: Captain Shamrock
Instapundit had this a few hours ago:

FIRE MELTS STEEL: Somebody tell Rosie O'Donnell.

posted at 01:22 PM by Glenn Reynolds Permalink

 

16 posted on 04/29/2007 3:56:54 PM PDT by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: Windcatcher
Rosie needs to get her money back for her Structural Engineering degree.

I think the dropped out --- of junior college.
17 posted on 04/29/2007 4:02:34 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Captain Shamrock
but the truck's driver walked away from the scene with second-degree burns

Um, you don't walk away from second degree burns, unless it's a TINY one.

18 posted on 04/29/2007 4:05:19 PM PDT by piytar
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To: Phsstpok

Don’t call Rosie a manatee. It’s insulting to manatees.


19 posted on 04/29/2007 4:06:44 PM PDT by DrGunsforHands
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To: Captain Shamrock

This is the SECOND time in history that fire has melted steel.


20 posted on 04/29/2007 4:07:22 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: TomGuy

It ios amazing the driver walked away. How did that happen?


21 posted on 04/29/2007 4:08:02 PM PDT by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: Captain Shamrock

Don’t you know anything George Bush did!!!!!!!!


22 posted on 04/29/2007 4:08:21 PM PDT by Anti-Christ is Hillary (If Moreen Dowd can call herself a journalist than so can I.)
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To: Captain Shamrock

Rosie knows as much about structural strength as she knows about chastity.


23 posted on 04/29/2007 4:08:50 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: Captain Shamrock
Oh yeah, I forgot: BusHitler and the neo-cons staged this to counter the clear delusions evidence that the reality based community has set forth proving 9-11 was an inside job by the CIA, Haliburton, and the Jooooos. They planted explosives on the bridge and then staged the accident. How do we know this? Because gas doesn't burn hot enough to melt steel, of course!

/moonbat

//seriously, you WILL see this on wacko left-wing websites

24 posted on 04/29/2007 4:08:53 PM PDT by piytar
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To: Captain Shamrock

Don’t you know anything George Bush did it!!!!!!!!


25 posted on 04/29/2007 4:08:58 PM PDT by Anti-Christ is Hillary (If Moreen Dowd can call herself a journalist than so can I.)
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To: Captain Shamrock

Lol! I saw this on Fox and thought of Rosie.


26 posted on 04/29/2007 4:09:55 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Brilliant

I still wanna know how Rosie thinks all those steel beams get produced in the first place.


27 posted on 04/29/2007 4:11:11 PM PDT by Domandred
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To: piytar

Second-degree burns aren’t too bad. It’s the type of burn you’d get from accidentally grabbing a curling iron (which I once did when I blindly reached behind me for the Windex that was on the bathroom counter when I was cleaning a mirror when I was very young). Can definitely walk away with 2nd-degree. It’s third-degree that’ll leave you near-death.


28 posted on 04/29/2007 4:14:00 PM PDT by DrGunsforHands
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To: Captain Shamrock

“Actually, I would say the steel was deformed into losing its ability to carry the weight of the freeway not melted like a steel smelter. However, the pictures tell the story of how an intensive gas fire can collapse a steel supported structure like a freeway bridge...or a skyscraper!”

Actually, secret agents were seen at this site only yesterday in anticipation of this crash. They must have planted explosives which were used to bring down the overpass. The crash and resulting fire was only a cover.


29 posted on 04/29/2007 4:16:12 PM PDT by driftdiver
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To: driftdiver

Somebody check that driver—I wonder what “Company” he worked for? This was obviously a distraction from Bush’s failed Iraq policies. /sarc


30 posted on 04/29/2007 4:24:06 PM PDT by opticks
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To: Normal4me
She’s too busy rubbing something else on her face to comment...

Oh my, lets make a list.

1. Pizza

2. Carpet

31 posted on 04/29/2007 4:29:45 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: Captain Shamrock

The traffic in this area is some of the worst in the state. It will be very bad come Monday.


32 posted on 04/29/2007 4:35:38 PM PDT by umgud ("When seconds count, the police are just 10 minutes away!")
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To: Captain Shamrock
Maybe Rosie can be a guest host on MythBusters. Them guys and their silly tricks using science and stuff. She can teach them the Truth!
33 posted on 04/29/2007 4:36:40 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Captain Shamrock
... fire can collapse a steel supported structure like a freeway bridge...or a skyscraper....

Hey ....Rotten Rosie.... are you catching a clue here??


A section of highway lies burned and crumbled in
Emeryville, Calif., after a tanker carrying gasoline
exploded on Sunday, April 29, 2007. In the resulting
blaze, a section of freeway that funnels traffic onto
the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed.
Thetruck's driver walked away from the scene and called
a taxi, which took him to a nearby hospital with
second-degree burns.

(AP Photo/The Oakland Tribune, Noah Berger)

See the SeattlePI article for a 'related video'.

35 posted on 04/29/2007 4:38:29 PM PDT by skeptoid (AE, AA , MBS)
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To: Captain Shamrock
Image hosted by Photobucket.com Oh Woe is me... Why's everybody pickin on me???

36 posted on 04/29/2007 4:39:56 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist)
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To: driftdiver
I agree that Rosie is a moron who apparently has never seen a blacksmith forging steel by heating it until malleable and then hammering it. But Rosie’s credentials as an ignoramus wee hardly in question.

I do wonder about these accidents and the ability of Al Quaeda to learn how a critical fire at a critical point in the transportation system can crate havoc.

Here in Atlanta we had a series of bridge jumpers (though, not lately) who were able to back up traffic for miles. Any terrorist watching that would have a perfect idea of how a low manpower force could concentrate casualties.

37 posted on 04/29/2007 4:42:32 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right but never in doubt)
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To: Captain Shamrock

Same thing happened just north of the Bronx some years back, where the interestate comes down into the Major Deegan expressway. A tanker crashed and burned avoiding some idiot that cut him off. It took almost a year before the overpass was restored.


38 posted on 04/29/2007 4:44:49 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

We are a free society. That creates more risk than a strictly controlled society.

If they could attack us and thought it was the best course of action they would. Right now it serves their purpose to not attach us at home and let the dems sow discord. If they were to attach us here then our resolve would be united as it should already be. Evidently 3000 weren’t enough for some Americans to realize what we face.


39 posted on 04/29/2007 4:48:13 PM PDT by driftdiver
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To: Captain Shamrock

not to mention, the lightweight bar joists at the WTC were a LOT flimsier than a highway bridge girder built to handle San Francisco earthquakes


40 posted on 04/29/2007 4:48:26 PM PDT by finnman69
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To: Captain Shamrock

Is there a pattern to these accidents?


41 posted on 04/29/2007 4:50:01 PM PDT by sono (TITUS PVLLO in MMVIII - Paid for by the Aventine Collegium for Pullo)
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To: Captain Shamrock

The phenomenon is an enginering usage of the word creep.

Creep..... A slow flow of metal when under high temperature or great pressure. Yahoo dictionary.

For the record


42 posted on 04/29/2007 4:54:09 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Reid must go)
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To: bmwcyle
"Someone needs to rub this in Rosie’s face."

THAT was my first thought, too.

43 posted on 04/29/2007 4:54:14 PM PDT by jackibutterfly
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To: piytar
It has been proven, Kyle did it. You can clearly see the irrefuteable evidence in this "enhanced" photo.


44 posted on 04/29/2007 4:57:16 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (You're the retarded offspring of five monkeys having butt sex with a fish-squirrel! Congratulations!)
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To: Mark was here

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45 posted on 04/29/2007 4:59:23 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: DrGunsforHands

Yeah, I goofed. Massive 2nd degree burns can put you in the hospital, but you can walk around (albeit in some real pain) with decent 2nd degree burns. I was thinking 3rd degree...


46 posted on 04/29/2007 5:18:00 PM PDT by piytar
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To: driftdiver
almost a year before the overpass was restored.

Yikes. This could be a huge problem for San Francisco.

Twenty years ago, I lived in Emeryville, on a nice peninsula that goes out into the bay just north of the bridge. When I moved there in '85, I could run into The City for lunch, as it took 12 minutes to cross the Bay Bridge. In the three years I lived there, San Fran traffic reached permanent gridlock status and the trip took 1-1/2 hours at the same time of day.

THIS wreck will likely tie up everything for miles around until 2044.

47 posted on 04/29/2007 5:18:46 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Veto!

Bush’s fault


48 posted on 04/29/2007 5:23:15 PM PDT by driftdiver
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To: Phsstpok

“a gasoline tanker truck explosion inside one of the three tunnels in the hills above Oakland”

It’s the Caldecott Tunnel and the scorch marks are still visible all the way through as a grim reminder.

http://www.wetzoollamb.net/tours/caldecott/cald1.html


49 posted on 04/29/2007 5:25:34 PM PDT by Bobibutu
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To: Miss Marple

We heard this on the radio this afternoon and my husband’s first comment was Rosie will say terrorists did this because she doesn’t belive fuel can melt steel...


50 posted on 04/29/2007 5:29:17 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn ( If you want on or off the pet and human food and drug ping list let me know)
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