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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

Just turned on the news. 35W bridge collapsed in the Mississippi River. Cars, trucks, semis.....

Fires burning, tanker trucks, at least one school bus, more than ten cars......

Just now breaking.......


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 35w; bridge; bridgecollapse; bridges; btld; collapse; corrosion; engineering; infrastructure; jihad; minneapolis; mosques; mothman; prayerforminnesotans; rust; slownewsday; terroristattack; transportation; twincitiescell
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To: Bushbacker1
Shep is absolutely breathless. He's not the one to be covering this. He is just a bit too emotional.

Just wait until Geraldo gets to the studio. They'll both be in tears, before they remember to blame FEMA...

251 posted on 08/01/2007 5:05:59 PM PDT by umbagi
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To: hole_n_one

well one support pylon is still standing, cant see the pylons ont he toher side.

252 posted on 08/01/2007 5:06:09 PM PDT by finnman69 (May Paris Hilton's plane crash into Britney Spears house while Lindsey Lohan is over doing coke)
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To: Always Right

The streaming video on the Web which is the local broadcast on Foxnews website is so much more informative than Shep Smiths.


253 posted on 08/01/2007 5:06:09 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
That’s what it appears to be. Nothing insidious.

Rust never sleeps...

254 posted on 08/01/2007 5:06:18 PM PDT by null and void (Whale oil: The carbon neutral, renewable petroleum alternative)
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To: hole_n_one

Guess we’ll miss Bill OReilly for ‘hard’ news.


255 posted on 08/01/2007 5:06:22 PM PDT by Son House ($$Proud Memeber of Vast Right Wing, Out To Lower Your Tax Rates For More Opportunities.$$)
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To: don-o

Now reporting a 4th part of the bridge could collapse.


256 posted on 08/01/2007 5:06:25 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet -Fred'08)
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To: DugwayDuke

make me think of that movie The Mothman Prophecies


257 posted on 08/01/2007 5:06:36 PM PDT by RDTF (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but Democrats believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: jaycee

http://www.nace.org/nace/content/publicaffairs/media/bridge.asp


258 posted on 08/01/2007 5:06:44 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: Solson
CELL Phone circuits across Minneapolis are overloaded and cell companies are requesting to stay off the phones unless necessary.

And, Shep is asking folks to use their cell phones to send info/pics to Foxnews? Sheesh!

259 posted on 08/01/2007 5:06:45 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Soon to be Fredbacker1)
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To: x

Maybe not coincidences, there have been at least 4 instances of storm gates flying up on various highways around here.


260 posted on 08/01/2007 5:07:04 PM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: Spktyr

Bless all that people, But today is August first, let see how long it takes for the DemocRats to blame this on President Bush


261 posted on 08/01/2007 5:07:07 PM PDT by BlueJ7
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To: All

Channel 5 reports ambulances headed to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Lots of injuries ranging from critical to non-life threatening.


262 posted on 08/01/2007 5:07:12 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: DugwayDuke

Maybe, but it’s bumper to bumper every morning and evening.


263 posted on 08/01/2007 5:07:21 PM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: mylife

Both support pylons are still standing on the side where it crosses the train tracks.


264 posted on 08/01/2007 5:07:29 PM PDT by finnman69 (May Paris Hilton's plane crash into Britney Spears house while Lindsey Lohan is over doing coke)
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To: MplsSteve
I think Shep Smith is doing a fine job. Great Job Shep.
265 posted on 08/01/2007 5:07:35 PM PDT by rface
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To: Bushbacker1; All

I was just beginning to look at the Google map...the overhead shot of the bridge when they panned out on FNC...holy @#^%#!!


266 posted on 08/01/2007 5:07:39 PM PDT by txradioguy (In Memory Of My Friend 1SG Tim Millsap A Co. 70th Engineer Bn. K.I.A. 25 Apr. 2005)
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To: GOP_Proud

See above.

Both collapses happened in a (ROUTE 35). MinneaPOLIS, MN. GalliPOLIS, OH.

Oh and..

This Minnesota bridge was built in (1967).


267 posted on 08/01/2007 5:07:43 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative
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To: Bushbacker1

Cell Phone SMS Service wont tie up phone lines.. sometimes its the only way to get through in a disaster.


268 posted on 08/01/2007 5:07:49 PM PDT by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: finnman69

I would speculate that something failed and the rest came down in cascade.

Someday a few years from now, National Geographic’s “Seconds from Disaster” will break it all down.


269 posted on 08/01/2007 5:07:53 PM PDT by Petronski (imwithfred.com)
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To: BlueJ7
Who is the Governor of MN he/she will blame Bush.
270 posted on 08/01/2007 5:08:01 PM PDT by angcat ("IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM")
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To: rface

I agree


271 posted on 08/01/2007 5:08:05 PM PDT by RDTF (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but Democrats believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: Son House
Guess we’ll miss Bill OReilly for ‘hard’ news.

You mean you were expecting Bill to start his show with his apology to FR?

272 posted on 08/01/2007 5:08:07 PM PDT by tioga
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To: All

There are a number of cars upside down under the bridge and decks in the water. The FBI HAS been CALLED IN!!!!!


273 posted on 08/01/2007 5:08:10 PM PDT by Solson (magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.)
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To: Always Right

I just placed a prayer request on our church prayer chain. Hopefully, it will travel far and wide very soon. These people need all the prayers they need right now.


274 posted on 08/01/2007 5:08:19 PM PDT by ninergold3 ("Normal" - Just a cycle on the washing machine - Naomi Judd)
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To: rollo tomasi

Thanks for the link!!


275 posted on 08/01/2007 5:08:25 PM PDT by jaycee ("God's love still stands when all else has fallen.")
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To: All

http://www.kmsp.com

Photo gallery:

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId=3946412&version=2&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=PSTY&pageId=1.1.1

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId=3946519&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=1.1.1

“Minneapolis Bridge Collapses Sending Cars Into Water Below”
Last Edited: Wednesday, 01 Aug 2007, 7:00 PM CDT
Created: Wednesday, 01 Aug 2007, 7:00 PM CDT

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “MINNEAPOLIS — A freeway bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed during evening rush hour Wednesday, sending many cars into the water.

Tons of concrete collapsed and there were injuries, authorities said. Survivors were being carried up the riverbank.”


276 posted on 08/01/2007 5:08:26 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
 
 
I'm stunned. Either an engineering mishap from Hell, or some idiot jihadi wanna-be(s) pulled a hideous sabotage job.
 
Just heard on FOX news that the collapsing may not be over yet - people are getting cleared out from some areas.
 
Prayers up for all in Minneapolis
 
 
 

277 posted on 08/01/2007 5:08:28 PM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
i might be a bit paranoid... but i just noticed there is another bridge next to the collapsed one and a dam just upstream.

seeing how my first thought was terrorist act (there was another bridge collapse yesterday)... they should get bomb crews to check the area (quickly & quietly)

secondary attacks once rescue personal and tv coverage are in place is a favored tactic of terrorists these days

278 posted on 08/01/2007 5:08:36 PM PDT by sten
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To: angcat

pawlenty - R


279 posted on 08/01/2007 5:08:43 PM PDT by MNlurker
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To: All

Channel 5 reports FBI has been called in - ostensibly to investigate any possible act of terrorism or sabotage.


280 posted on 08/01/2007 5:08:58 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: txflake

The Mississippi River in that area is relatively shallow, so
I’m hoping that Good Samaritans can somehow save these folks in the river, if the paramedics aren’t on the scene already.


281 posted on 08/01/2007 5:09:01 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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282 posted on 08/01/2007 5:09:11 PM PDT by maggief
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To: rface

I agree! I think Shep is doing the best he can with information coming in from everywhere and unconfirmed.


283 posted on 08/01/2007 5:09:12 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: BlueJ7
Fixed it:

Bless all that people, But today is August first, it's 7:10 let see how long it takes for the DemocRats to blame this on President Bush

284 posted on 08/01/2007 5:09:12 PM PDT by null and void (Whale oil: The carbon neutral, renewable petroleum alternative)
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To: angcat

Tim Pawlenty - a good Republican.


285 posted on 08/01/2007 5:09:12 PM PDT by Solson (magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Heavy smoke now.


286 posted on 08/01/2007 5:09:16 PM PDT by BinaryBoy
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To: DugwayDuke
accumulated metal fatigue and corrosion over the years
Some bridge inspector is gonna be in biiiiiiig trouble.
287 posted on 08/01/2007 5:09:16 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Thompson '08-- imwithfred.com)
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To: Always Right
Somebody may have already posted this page with info on the bridge.
288 posted on 08/01/2007 5:09:16 PM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: finnman69

If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Lewis, Jr., May 9, 1798


289 posted on 08/01/2007 5:09:18 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: DugwayDuke

sorry, dead weight is much different than live weight. the bridge would have been designed to hold that much dead weight. ROP and if I’m wrong...


290 posted on 08/01/2007 5:09:29 PM PDT by steveo (Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.)
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To: angcat

Pawlenty (R)

FBI being called in


291 posted on 08/01/2007 5:09:30 PM PDT by terilyn
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To: finnman69

Yeah, on the west side of the river


292 posted on 08/01/2007 5:10:17 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

California new scaffolding on a bridge yesterday, ten minutes after a Nord fire... (guy cited last year for shoddy work), now this? I guess the jihadists don’t have to work hard on them with our politicians either not funding repairs, letting their friends get away with clipping contracts pricey yet cheap work, or not spending to have the bridges watched properly. But i’m ahead of myself. Any faults along there?

Any idea of the cause yet?


293 posted on 08/01/2007 5:10:18 PM PDT by AliVeritas
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To: finnman69
Im betting one of those supports in the river gave way, and that pulled down the entire span, including the sections over land.

Quite possible. It doesn't look like there was a modular approach to the structure. If one support goes, the whole thing is pulled down with it. It's all tied together.

Plus, I suspect that there's plenty of rusty fasteners there.

294 posted on 08/01/2007 5:10:24 PM PDT by meyer (It's the entitlements, stupid!)
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To: eXe
Thank you for the distinction.
295 posted on 08/01/2007 5:10:27 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Soon to be Fredbacker1)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I saw one rescue dude standing in the water next to a car, he was tethered to the shore.


296 posted on 08/01/2007 5:10:27 PM PDT by tioga
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

And whether the contractor is friendly with any politicians.


297 posted on 08/01/2007 5:10:28 PM PDT by BinaryBoy
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To: MplsSteve

makes sense, but it seems doubtful.


298 posted on 08/01/2007 5:10:30 PM PDT by MNlurker
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To: terilyn

Gawd people it wasn’t terrorism. Yeesh these comments just make all of us look stupid. Please.


299 posted on 08/01/2007 5:10:33 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: Solson

I wouldnt be surprised if the public safety radio systems are overwhelmed also....


300 posted on 08/01/2007 5:11:00 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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