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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; breaking; bridge; bridgecollapse; bridges; btld; collapse; corrosion; engineering; infrastructure; jihad; minneapolis; mosques; mothman; prayerforminnesotans; rust; slownewsday; terroristattack; transportation; twincitiescell
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To: Spktyr
Except the pylons are still standing and appear unaffected.

I agree, but it looks like the middle one has disappeared entirely.

Compare it to its twin span running parallel.

Even if the terrorists didn't do it, they'll be tripping all over each other to claim credit for it. Getting credit for something you had to spend no time, money or effort on suits them even better.

521 posted on 08/01/2007 5:33:26 PM PDT by capt. norm (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: GRRRRR

You know, I was wondering about those trucks sitting on the ice or if they let them pass carefully, stopping trucks that were not on the ice. They made a very big point in the beginning about trucks not being able to sit on the ice for any length of time or it could cause the ice to collapse.


522 posted on 08/01/2007 5:33:31 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: Spruce

Thunderstorms moving in

Just south of there,

http://www.weather.com/outlook/driving/interstate/local/55901?from=hp_promolocator1&lswe=55901&lwsa=Weather36HourInterstateCommand


523 posted on 08/01/2007 5:33:35 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: Abigail Adams

The bridge that collapsed apparently was not constructed with piers like the one next to it. Nearly a suspension bridge with one large span.


524 posted on 08/01/2007 5:33:39 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Soon to be Fredbacker1)
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To: hole_n_one

eyewitness on the news said the river span failed first, pulled down the rest


525 posted on 08/01/2007 5:33:39 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: GOP_Party_Animal

“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”

That may be what you require as an engineer, but as a steel detailer, I always design each end connections for 75% of the total uniform load. we always go further than what the engineer calls for. You are right this probably wasn’t terrorism, I just didn’t want people to think that traffic isn’t taken into consideration when designing a bridge. Or that crappy material would be used without many levels of checking. The engineers of this country and the AISC using ASD are the best in the world. I just don’t want people loosing faith in engineers.


526 posted on 08/01/2007 5:33:47 PM PDT by Weight of Glory
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To: Solson

Is it just me or do the bus and burning truck seem to be at a sharper angle every time they show them?


527 posted on 08/01/2007 5:34:01 PM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: BunnySlippers
The thing I absolutely hate about channel 5 is their morbid fascination with death.

They are doing a good job with this disaster yes, but they keep wanting a body count ---- kinda like the body counter they had going with the soldiers in Iraq awhile back.

Normally I don't watch channel 5 and let's see how many more times they can ask how many deaths.

528 posted on 08/01/2007 5:34:04 PM PDT by coder2
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To: mombonn
Highway 35W North was closed for resurfacing at the time and it was quite hot here today so, it's entirely likely that those were factors and not terrorism. Let's not jump the gun here.

The good news is that there are two or three hospitals within walking distance of this disaster. The Red Cross has a building that actually is within direct view of the disaster.

529 posted on 08/01/2007 5:34:07 PM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney for President 2008)
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To: small voice in the wilderness

Shep said about 20 mins ago or more that Homeland Security said they believe it was NOT terror related.


530 posted on 08/01/2007 5:34:16 PM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: Solson

The connection points to the pylons look awfully small. (See the lower right corner.)

531 posted on 08/01/2007 5:34:19 PM PDT by Gideon7
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To: Dutch Tulip

A jackhammer in the wrong place at the wrong time *can* bring down a structure. Resonance *can* destroy a structure - see the Tacoma Narrows disaster.

Witness on Fox says that it wasn’t an explosion that he heard/saw, he saw the long span bend and shatter in the center and give way - the actual support pylons were not involved.


532 posted on 08/01/2007 5:34:22 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: null and void

I live near Pittsburgh. It has more bridges across the three rivers there than anywhere else in the world. They’ve never collapsed and many are probably a lot older. They are in a cold, snowy area with a lot of freeze-thaw cycles in the winter. This just looks funny to me.


533 posted on 08/01/2007 5:34:22 PM PDT by WestSylvanian
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I am shocked the Twins are playing baseball during this.


534 posted on 08/01/2007 5:34:31 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: meyer

Is there a strong curent there? Looks a little like whitewater, that can’t be helpful.


535 posted on 08/01/2007 5:34:32 PM PDT by cookcounty (Famous Quotes: "I have not yet begun to fight!! ...and I'm so terribly exhausted!" --Capt Harry Reid)
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To: dawn53

I’ve been on that bridge recently.

It was surface construction. I’m not aware of any structural work going on.


536 posted on 08/01/2007 5:34:35 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: All

Ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things in order to save and help people. Right now.


537 posted on 08/01/2007 5:34:42 PM PDT by Solson (magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.)
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To: Dutch Tulip

Jeez- all these conspiracy theorists. Get a grip... get a life, all of you. You’re making FR a laughing stock to the rest of the world


538 posted on 08/01/2007 5:34:43 PM PDT by NYC Republican (FDT's my first choice, else it's Mitt.)
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To: Milwaukee_Guy
How incredibly awful.

The cynic in me, remembers all the people in Oklahoma City who saw a "middle-eastern" looking man running from the Alfred P. Murrah building too, but that angle was soon discarded. :o(

539 posted on 08/01/2007 5:35:03 PM PDT by Millee (Tagline free since 10/20/06)
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To: angelcindy

That article was from 2005.

Stop spreading it.


540 posted on 08/01/2007 5:35:10 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" since 11/20/06)
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