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Breaking: Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis
KSTP TV 5/ME | 8/1/07 | Me

Posted on 08/01/2007 4:28:27 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

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To: jeffers

Jeffers, can you orient me as to the direction of view in post 1615, and the two sides of the bridge in the picture on post 1507?


1,641 posted on 08/01/2007 9:54:57 PM PDT by exit82 (I have a gut feeling: Michael Chertoff is a jerk.)
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To: toast
Oh, toast, I'd laugh, well actually I did laugh.

Glad you're not actually toast.

1,642 posted on 08/01/2007 9:55:23 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Danette

Great shots! Thanks.....

And thanks to all of the FReepers that have offered their prayers and news gathering efforts on this awful evening....


1,643 posted on 08/01/2007 9:55:52 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" since 11/20/06)
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To: Shelayne
heard the same thing about the buses. The reporter said, “in addition to”, and I heard it on two separate stations. :^(

Hope that they're wrong. I'v heard a few miraculous accounts from survivors. I hope we hear more.

1,644 posted on 08/01/2007 9:55:56 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Danette

On your second image (1639), is their a bridge pier aligned with the downstream exit from the lock and dam? Look at the right side of the image, and the lower bridge is the one that failed.


1,645 posted on 08/01/2007 9:56:25 PM PDT by Hunble (Islam is God's punishment!)
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To: Perchant
That’s got to be someone’s speculation.

True, but so is every other guess.

1,646 posted on 08/01/2007 9:57:12 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

This is a pretty good article from a local news source, it offers a time-line of information:

There was a couple of interesting comments made, one such as this:

“Road crews had been working on the 40-year-old bridge’s deck, joints, guardrails and lights this week. “None of it would be related to the structure,” said Bob McFarlin, assistant to Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau.”

In fact 18 employees were on the bridge at the time of the collapase.

“Tom Sloan, head of the bridge division for Progressive Contractors Inc. said his company had 18 workers on the bridge at the time of the collapse and one was unaccounted for on Wednesday night. Three were hospitalized, while several others were treated for minor injuries, he said.”

http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_213191448.html


1,647 posted on 08/01/2007 9:57:26 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: Danette

1,648 posted on 08/01/2007 9:58:01 PM PDT by Danette ("If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Lijahsbubbe

Thank the Lord for the survival of the sixty plus kids on the school bus.


1,649 posted on 08/01/2007 10:00:17 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats??)
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To: txflake

The parking attendant was East Indian. He was speaking very quickly and it was difficult to understand what he was saying. He repeated that the bridge collapsed 3 different times before it dawned on us what he was saying. Plus that bridge is such a fixture that the thought of it falling down didn’t really sink in.


1,650 posted on 08/01/2007 10:00:36 PM PDT by toast
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To: battlegearboat

The brevity is good.


1,651 posted on 08/01/2007 10:01:13 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: Danette

1,652 posted on 08/01/2007 10:02:11 PM PDT by Danette ("If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Inverse
Not frustration so much as sadness -- sadness for a nation that has fallen so far, so fast. A century ago -- even less, in some cases -- someone with an eighth grade education had more real knowledge than a typical college grad today. More history, more math, more philosophy, more understanding of civics (as the founders intended, not this baloney about "our 'democracy'")... I suspect an average 8th grader from that era had more real knowledge, working smarts, then most college professors today.
1,653 posted on 08/01/2007 10:02:47 PM PDT by Don Joe (We've traded the Rule of Law for the Law of Rule.)
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To: All

9 dead
20 missing
Per FOX report


1,654 posted on 08/01/2007 10:03:26 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: alpha-8-25-02

Prayers for All Affected by this Horrible Tragedy!


1,655 posted on 08/01/2007 10:03:27 PM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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To: Danette

That is so terrible. I’m proud of the Minnesotans that came to help.


1,656 posted on 08/01/2007 10:03:53 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: Lijahsbubbe

Me, too.

Though, I’m doing the math, and 50 cars—with how many passengers—and it just doesn’t look good. Of course, being the eternal optimist, miracles happen every day and that well could be the case here as well.

I know that the bridge was bumper to bumper traffic at the time, so HOW many cars actually fell into the river? You know it had to be quite a lot. Drivers that made it over the bridge, just to see it fall in their rearview mirrors, said cars were just dropping into the river.

Yet, I will remain hopeful.

I am extremely grateful that there was only one lane of traffic open or this would have been even MORE horrendous.


1,657 posted on 08/01/2007 10:04:21 PM PDT by Shelayne (I will continue to pray for President Bush and my country, as I am commanded to do by my Lord.)
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To: NormsRevenge

omg. i just got home from a busy day at the office, and straight to a local grassroots GOP meeting at 7pm, then to stabucks. been oblivious to this afternoon.

thanks for posting that picture - it gives a good view of the devastation. unbelieveable. horrible.

from what i understand (don’t rely on me, i only read the first page of this thread), the bridge was under construction (or, being worked on). you know, there was just another bridge that collapsed YESTERDAY in Oroville, near Sacramento. Not sure if it was mentioned on this thread yet or not.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/02/america/NA-GEN-US-Bridge-Collapse-History.php


1,658 posted on 08/01/2007 10:04:56 PM PDT by California74
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To: jeffers
Close up of that area. Larger pics here
http://flickr.com/photos/s4xton/981247474/in/set-72157601157770382/


1,659 posted on 08/01/2007 10:05:03 PM PDT by idkfa
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To: Danette

1,660 posted on 08/01/2007 10:07:00 PM PDT by Danette ("If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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