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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: kcvl

I don’t care much for Shep- but he seems to be doing pretty well with this- it’s an unbelievable scene to be covering..whether remotely or on location.


301 posted on 08/01/2007 5:11:12 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet -Fred'08)
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To: All

Prayers.


302 posted on 08/01/2007 5:11:18 PM PDT by nowandlater
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Here’s the link to KARE 11:
http://www.kare11.com/video/player_live.aspx

Guy just said he saw Homeland Security guys pull up while there.


303 posted on 08/01/2007 5:11:48 PM PDT by AliVeritas
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To: ninergold3

Called my wife on her cell here in Milwaukee. She is at our church’s Wednesday evening prayer meeting. Prayers are being lifted up!


304 posted on 08/01/2007 5:11:49 PM PDT by Knute (Tell me again ONE good reason I'm living here in Wisconsin??)
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To: TheMom

Ping.


305 posted on 08/01/2007 5:11:53 PM PDT by Eaker (If illegal immigrants were so great for an economy; Mexico would be building a wall to keep them in)
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To: U S Army EOD; All; trussell; Salvation; .30Carbine; 4Godsoloved..Hegave; 50mm; ...

PRAYER PING!

FOR BRIDGE COLLAPSE VICTIMS,FAMILIES AND RESPONDERS!

MAY THE LORD KEEP THEM ALL IN HIS HANDS!


306 posted on 08/01/2007 5:12:03 PM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 ("SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE")
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To: AliVeritas
Any idea of the cause yet?

No, but I fear for the guy they keep talking about with the jackhammer.

307 posted on 08/01/2007 5:12:15 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: DugwayDuke

The first thing hubby said was “Look at the tankers and the cement truck! All that weight!”

Someone on the bridge said it was bumper to bumper traffic, and he was going to the Twins game!

I am just stunned.


308 posted on 08/01/2007 5:12:27 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: silentknight

Not terrorism. It’s the “heat wave.” Global warming. Bush’s fault.


309 posted on 08/01/2007 5:12:35 PM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: steveo
Right.

A steel member in a structure is typically designed to accommodate 40% more than its anticipated "dead" load and 70% more than its anticipated "live" load.

Alberta's Child, P.E.

310 posted on 08/01/2007 5:12:46 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: tioga

“you were expecting Bill to start his show with his apology to FR?”

No, just OReilly’s ‘soft’ news.


311 posted on 08/01/2007 5:12:48 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: kcvl

Shep’s voice has lost the drama that he was emoting earlier.


312 posted on 08/01/2007 5:12:53 PM PDT by tioga
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To: All

http://media.startribune.com/smedia/2007/08/01/19/621-02bridge080207.doublewide.prod_affiliate.2.jpg

http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1338294.html

By Star Tribune staff, Star Tribune
Last update: August 01, 2007 – 7:09 PM

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Workers have been repairing the 40-year-old bridge’s surface as part of improvements along that stretch of the interstate.”


313 posted on 08/01/2007 5:13:01 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: rface

hep is doing great. This is a major catastrophe, with no sensible explanation. Thirty-year-old bridges do not just collapse in a non-earthquake zone.

Terroists? We shall see.

And they do these things in threes.

Don’t go over the GW or Brooklyn Bridges tonight or tomorrow!


314 posted on 08/01/2007 5:13:13 PM PDT by Palladin (Judge Munley is a nincompoop.)
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To: Petronski

I suppose its possible one of the concrete spans over the land collapsed and somehow pulled down the main river span.


315 posted on 08/01/2007 5:13:14 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: All
Structural safety engineer on Channel 5. Surface reconstruction was simply a deck overlay. IT does appear that there may have been a significant number of construction workers on the bridge. Says something had to be weakened in the superstructure - the beams supporting the bridge.

There was some minor cracking in the structural steel in an inspection in 2006!!!!!

316 posted on 08/01/2007 5:13:19 PM PDT by Solson (magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.)
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To: All

Where are the flames coming from?


317 posted on 08/01/2007 5:13:24 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs ("What quails?" asked Jack)
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To: tioga

Hey...BOR! I got your right-wing hate site...right...here!


318 posted on 08/01/2007 5:13:40 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" since 11/20/06)
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To: DugwayDuke

I am in the Steel design and construction business. And I can tell you that the various loads that you mentioned, are the very ones that are always taken in consideration when designing a bridge. In fact, in steel construction, there is so much over designing that goes on, that it really takes something unforseen to bring a structure down (eg. earthquake, barge hit, etc.) Im not saying that it could not be a design failure but that is usually not the case. Also, a fourty year old bridge is not that old. But I am sure the various engineers of record will pour over the design dwgs, to see where the failure might have occured. Also if this bridge was under construction, you can be that before the project took place, a team of civil engineers were all over it to make sure it could structurally take the construction project.


319 posted on 08/01/2007 5:13:49 PM PDT by Weight of Glory
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To: sten

Yeah. I hope someone is looking over that dam


320 posted on 08/01/2007 5:13:53 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: steveo

that was a report from 2005.


321 posted on 08/01/2007 5:13:59 PM PDT by liege
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To: Cindy
Channel 5 is talking about fatigue cracking on the bridge, in the beams & diaphrams supporting the bridge - report from 2006
322 posted on 08/01/2007 5:14:13 PM PDT by coder2
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To: tioga

FOX NEWS is doing the best they can.

How else can you present something so horrific ?


323 posted on 08/01/2007 5:14:13 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative
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To: silentknight
Gawd people it wasn’t terrorism.

Didn't you say the same thing about the "car fire" at the airport in Glasgow?

324 posted on 08/01/2007 5:14:19 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: MNlurker

pawlenty - R

McCain-iac.


325 posted on 08/01/2007 5:14:26 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: BurbankKarl

Jesus wept. Some of the cars are on fire. God help those people.


326 posted on 08/01/2007 5:14:26 PM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: tioga

Channel 5 says that a 2006 DOT report says that there was cracking in the steel beams holding up the bridge.


327 posted on 08/01/2007 5:14:28 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

This is awful!!!


328 posted on 08/01/2007 5:14:29 PM PDT by angelcindy (Where's the Fence?????)
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To: Always Right
Great pic,,,that tells alot,,,that’s an old bridge,,,
1967....Hey that’s not old.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
From what I can tell from the pics it’s old enough to have been put together with rivets,,,my guess is the iron was being replaced and put back together with bolts,,,
I’m gunna bet “Non-union” Iron workers,,,there was a thread about this awhile back,,,
329 posted on 08/01/2007 5:14:38 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: hole_n_one

What about the poor guy in the white car? How does he get out? (Set the parking brake?)


330 posted on 08/01/2007 5:14:47 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Palladin

I guess you missed the Mianus River bridge collapse on I-95 in Connecticut some years ago, and the Schoharie Creek bridge up on the New York State Thruway a few years later.


331 posted on 08/01/2007 5:14:59 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Reporter on Fox said it is worse than San Francisco’s Quake in ‘89.


332 posted on 08/01/2007 5:15:05 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: numberonepal
Fox says construction was contained to the surface.

A sleeper cell could have pulled it off with shaped charges planted by a small boat.

The sound of the detonation would almost go unnoticed in the noise of the collapse.

333 posted on 08/01/2007 5:15:06 PM PDT by capt. norm (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: DuncanWaring

cool... thanks


334 posted on 08/01/2007 5:15:08 PM PDT by steveo (Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.)
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To: Terriergal

bttt


335 posted on 08/01/2007 5:15:10 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Weight of Glory

2006 inspection reported minor structural fatigue on the main beams. Per Channel 5.


336 posted on 08/01/2007 5:15:11 PM PDT by Solson (magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.)
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To: silentknight
Gawd people it wasn’t terrorism. Yeesh these comments just make all of us look stupid. Please.

At this point, it could be an engineering failure or it could be terrorism, or maybe something else. It's way to early to rule out any causes.

337 posted on 08/01/2007 5:15:28 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: BinaryBoy

Yep. More vehicles going up in flames.


338 posted on 08/01/2007 5:15:32 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" since 11/20/06)
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To: MplsSteve

Sounds like May 2006 there was an inspection showing cracking in the structure. Fire burning again.


339 posted on 08/01/2007 5:15:32 PM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: sten

I agree about terrorism. People on the bridge reported hearing jackhammer-like sounds before the collapse. Multiple explosions of charges under the supports? Even earthquakes don’t cause this much damage all at once.


340 posted on 08/01/2007 5:15:37 PM PDT by WestSylvanian
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To: HairOfTheDog

“No, but I fear for the guy they keep talking about with the jackhammer.”

If one jackhammer could do that...there’s a bigger problem than the jackhammer.


341 posted on 08/01/2007 5:15:44 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shelayne

The Twins game has now started. I wondered if it would be called off or delayed.


342 posted on 08/01/2007 5:15:52 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: kabar

KSTP news obtained a copy of a MNDOT inspection report that said structural members at the approaches showed significant fatigue.


343 posted on 08/01/2007 5:16:06 PM PDT by lesser_satan (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

That bridge was up high..


344 posted on 08/01/2007 5:16:12 PM PDT by angelcindy (Where's the Fence?????)
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To: hole_n_one

Baseball game to go on. Guess they would rather keep people in one place rather than sending 10’s of thousands people back onto the road.


346 posted on 08/01/2007 5:16:13 PM PDT by ninergold3 ("Normal" - Just a cycle on the washing machine - Naomi Judd)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

there are some here that feel better slinging that crap when a horrible tragedy is unfolding. Not the time and the place.


347 posted on 08/01/2007 5:16:14 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: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Say what? worse what?


348 posted on 08/01/2007 5:16:27 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Alberta's Child
CNN couldn't wait to break away to the Tillman case. They just couldn't resist to call military members "liars" and demean soldiers, generals, the President, and the WOT.

With that said, they are back on the story.

CNN sucks.

349 posted on 08/01/2007 5:16:31 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (Arm Pilots&Teachers. Build the Wall. Export Illegals. Profile Muslims.Kill all child molesters RFN!)
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To: AliVeritas

Too soon, Ali.


350 posted on 08/01/2007 5:16:33 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" since 11/20/06)
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