Tragedy In Minneapolis

August 2nd, 2007 // 18 Comments

There was a horrifying bridge collapse in Minneapolis yesterday, which so far has resulted in the deaths of seven people, with over sixty people injured and twenty people still missing. It happened during rush hour.

An eight-lane highway bridge clogged with rush-hour traffic buckled and collapsed into the Mississippi River in central Minneapolis yesterday, pitching numerous vehicles into the roiling water below. At least seven people were killed and dozens were injured, authorities said.

Emergency officials said the toll could rise as rescuers, hampered by burning cars and hunks of broken roadway, scoured the debris-clogged river for survivors.

“This is a catastrophe of historic proportions for Minnesota,” said Governor Tim Pawlenty, a Republican. “We are doing everything we can to make sure we respond as quickly as we can to this emergency.”

The official Minneapolis website is urging people concerned about relatives to contact the Red Cross through their site at www.redcrosstc.org. as their phone system is having issues due to high call volume.

Our thoughts are with the survivors and the victims’ families. As I said after the Virgina Tech shootings, if you love someone – tell em’.

By J. Harvey
  1. Lisa

    I find it highly suspect that Homeland Security came to the conclusion that it was not terroism so quickly, without an investigation.

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist either.

  2. T-Bone

    I live approximately 10 minutes from this bridge. Total tragedy!

  3. Zekers

    My understanding is that the bridge is around 40 y/o so it’s not that big of a stretch to think it could have some strength issues.
    As far as terrorism, come on, don’t you think terrorists would go for a bit more high profile bridge than one in Minneapolis???
    Sounds like someone (inspectors) dropped the ball when they inspected this structure a while back.
    What a tragedy…

  4. green cardigan

    Thoughts and prayers to all affected by this.

  5. My $.02

    Hey T-Bone,
    I’m in the western suburbs, used to live in your neighborhood. This is just so unreal!

  6. Kare Bear

    This is very sad my hear goes out to the loved ones. What is sadder is considering the age of many other bridges across the country, 40 years old is not that old! It’s a little scary to think about too.

    God bless

  7. Andrea

    I live in the western burbs of Minneapolis. This is a big bridge – over 1900ft long, with 8 lanes. The highway has been under construction. There was a school bus on the bridge, with 60 kids – the news said they were all going to be ok.

  8. T-Bone

    Yeah Zekers — it was inspected in 2005 & 2006 and apparently passed, but there are other reports that have said that the bridge needed work and did not have sufficient reinforcements.

    This is tragic for Minnesota, because this city is well maintained and well cared for. If it can happen here it can happen anywhere.

    Over 150,000 people cross that bridge on a daily basis. I’s almost a miracle that during that rush hour time in Mpls., more people didn’t die.

  9. woohoo

    Thoughts and prayers to all affected by this. God bless them all

  10. Kare Bear

    My HEART goes out to everyone. Sorry I thought I’d correct myself.

  11. Lola

    Hey T-Bone,

    I live in St. Paul, but worked in the Ceresota building until last spring (driving underneath the bridge to and from work each day), so I know your area well. Hopefully you and yours are safe. Good luck in the recovery.

    Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this.

  12. Another Twin Citian

    Another SW suburbanite here – my husband, brother, and sister all work in or near downtown MPLS and use the bridge frequently. My heart goes out to the families who are affected by this.

    Horrible tragedy – I can’t imagine how hard it must be for the recovery workers today as they start to locate the cars that are still underwater.

  13. T-Bone

    Thanks to all well-wishers. We’ll need the prayers for sure!

    P.S. Lots of Minnesotans on this website, it seems. I don’t know if that’s good or bad ;) he he

  14. lookwhaticando

    My heart and Prayers go out to all effected by this tragedy

  15. Zekers

    Well T-Bone, from what I can tell, it’s a good thing…! I’m glad none of you were affected personally by this tragedy.
    I’m also glad to know there are fellow Midwesterners on this site!

  16. Robyn

    I’ve lived in Minneapolis my entire life – 35W is a highway everyone here has traveled on quite frequently – it is our main artery. I just traveled over it coming home from work, turned on the TV to see it, and couldn’t believe my eyes! At first, I thought it was an earthquake that happened elsewhere, it was so horrific. It still has yet to sink in. Makes me really think twice now any time I’ll be sitting on a bridge in traffic. I cannot imagine what it was like to actually be apart of that whole tragedy, so my heart truly goes out to all the people involved.

  17. dots

    I’m from St. Paul, MN and I am still in shock. My fiance crossed that bridge 5 minutes before it collapsed. Other friends were bike riding underneath and are thankfully okay. I cannot fathom the people that are not so lucky… they actually had to leave people buried ALIVE and wait for them to die. It’s no longer a rescue mission… it is a recovery mission. Now we are hearing that there was problems with the bridge for years… they do not even build these kind of bridges anymore. Over 140,000 cars used a structurally unsound bridge everyday. I just hope and pray that the STATE learns from this and does a more thorough inspection of ALL their bridges.

    OH DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE HORRIBLE SPEECH GWB MADE TODAY. HE TURNED A TOUCHING SPEECH INTO A POLITICAL DEBATE ON CONGRESS. THANKFULLY MY LOCAL AM RADIO STAION CUT HIM OFF IN HIS INSENSTIVE MOMENT.

    All of our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of this HORRIBLE tragedy. May God please be with them in this trying time.

  18. Robyn

    dots, I completely agree! GWB’s speech was horrible. I cannot stand him anyway, but that was just horrible. But truly, are you surprised?

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