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Moose12

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#1 11 years ago

_44034259_bridge_ap203bb.jpgAt least four people are confirmed dead with up to 30 missing. US officials are not linking the collapse to terrorism. Some 50 vehicles were hurled into the water when part of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, gave way during the rush hour on Wednesday evening. Rescue officials said they expected the death toll to rise.

Thoughts on this disaster? I live 5 minutes away from this bridge and I must say I was terrified yesterday, calling everybody we knew to make sure they weren't on it. The sheer magnitude of this collapse is mind boggling. A near 1/4 mile long freeway bridge, falling almost instantenously 65 feet into the Mississippi. Another unnervingthing is it happened during rush hour when traffic was at a stand still across the whole length of the bridge, yet in pictures, you can only see about 10 cars on what's left of the bridge, which means there are a lot under the river..... And about a 1/4 mile down from the bridge is a waterfall so hopefully nobody got washed down that way.




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#2 11 years ago

That's just plain horrible.:( I wish good luck to you in Minnesota. I hope that this would haven't happened at all.:bawl:




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#3 11 years ago

I saw the security camera footage of it as it collapsed. That would be freaky as all hell. I sincerely hope that no one else is found dead. It was great to hear that the bus load full of kids all made it out safely. Tragic accident.




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#4 11 years ago

sucks bigtime. Wonder what caused it.

Had to laugh reading "not linked to terrorism though". Duh, ofcourse it isn't and mentioning the word terror with every accident just causes needless fear (which means terrorism wins!!). Am I glad I don't read the T word in every "bad news / accident message on TV/paper/... over here in the Netherlands.

The NY steam explosion / airplane crash / bridge collapse / dam break / ... was not caused by terblablabla. :cort: ZZzzzz

Oh look at that happy beared forgotten man in the corner smiling and cheering and all. If it isn't Osama. He's a happy boy, winning without having to do a single thing.




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#5 11 years ago

Any info on WHY it collapsed? Weird deal and I'm glad that it hasn't incurred more deaths.




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#6 11 years ago

According to new reports just released this morning, the bridge was first found structurally deficient in 1990.

We seem to have a big problem in the US in that our politicians would much rather be seen curring ribbons for new highway construction projects than repairing the existing infrastrucuture - I guess the old stuff just isn't that sexy.




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#7 11 years ago

So the sheer weight of all those cars standing still was too much? Nice bridge! Makes you wonder why they put so much money in NASA and the army, but not in restautation of malfunctioning buildings.




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#8 11 years ago

They would have to cut the budget of Nasa and the army OR raise taxes. And since a lot of people would go "n0es don't cut on nasa/army, and don't even think about a tax increase" you will have a hard time to work on your infrastructure. Which for such a rich country is in a pretty bad state I'm afraid.




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#9 11 years ago

Rafterman;3835296According to new reports just released this morning, the bridge was first found structurally deficient in 1990.

We seem to have a big problem in the US in that our politicians would much rather be seen curring ribbons for new highway construction projects than repairing the existing infrastrucuture - I guess the old stuff just isn't that sexy.

News today also says $188 billion and 20 years work to fix 75,422 structurally deficient bridges, like this one, in the States.

The was a tragedy like this in Montreal last year. Collapsed overpass that kill some poor people. It started a flurry of bridge repair across Canada. I don't know what our politicians excuse was for not keeping up the maintenance.




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#10 11 years ago
Danger X;3835312So the sheer weight of all those cars standing still was too much? Nice bridge! Makes you wonder why they put so much money in NASA and the army, but not in restautation of malfunctioning buildings.

no it problably wasnt the weight of the cars, because structual failures are caused by many things (rapid tempature change, weather, time, ect....) just look at the terminal 2e in france i think, it killed lots of people (google search it)