Wednesday, August 01, 2007

MN brigde collapse and the Tacoma Bridge collapse

I35W under construction in 1967
I had thoughts about the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse back in May 1940? here:
The Interstate Hwy. 35W bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed during the evening rush hour Wednesday, dumping an estimated 50 vehicles into the water and onto the land below, creating a horrific scene of damage, fire, smoke, injuries, frantic rescuers and bloody, terrified motorists.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said at a news conference tonight that six people had died.

As of 7:30, one construction worker was unaccounted for and three injured.

One death was reported by Dr. Joseph Clinton of the Hennepin County Medical Center. Clinton added that HCMC had admitted 22 serious but non-critical patients.

"It's obviously a catastrophe," said Gov. Tim Pawlenty. "We want to make sure we can do all we can to help those in need.

"Our thoughts and prayers" are with the families of all the victims.

Family members of victims are asked to go to the Holidy Inn Metrodome.

From the Strib here.

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