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Minneapolis Bridge Collapses
« on: August 02, 2007, 09:31:24 AM »
By PATRICK CONDON
Associated Press Writer


MINNEAPOLIS - The entire span of an interstate bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour Wednesday, sending vehicles, tons of concrete and twisted metal crashing into the water.
 
The Interstate 35W bridge, which stretches between Minneapolis and St. Paul, was in the midst of being repaired when it broke into several huge sections.

The Homeland Security Department had received no indications Wednesday night that the collapse was related to an act of terrorism, department spokesman Russ Knocke said in Washington.

"We continue to monitor the situation. At this time, there's no indication of a nexus to terrorism," Knocke said.

It was not clear how many people were injured. WCCO-AM reported that one body was seen being pulled from the area, covered with a blue sheet.

A burning truck and a school bus clung to one slanted slab, while at least eight cars and a truck were submerged in the river.

The bus had just crossed the bridge before it crumpled into pieces, and broadcast reports indicated the children on the bus exited out the back door.

Ramon Houge told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he was on his way home from work on the bridge when heard a rumbling noise, saw the ground collapse and cars go down.

Traffic was bumper to bumper and hundreds of people would have been involved, he said. He said cars backed up as best they could and he parked in a construction zone and was finally able to turn around and drive off the bridge. "It didn't seem like it was real," he said.

Dozens of vehicles were scattered and stacked on top of each other amid the rubble. Some people were stranded on parts of the bridge that aren't completely in the water.

Local television stations captured video of injured people being carried up the riverbank. There was no official word on injuries, but dozens of rescue vehicles were there. Divers were also in the water.

Gregory Wernick Sr., Rockford, Ill., drove over the bridge shortly before the collapse. He stopped to get a drink nearby and heard commotion so he went back.

"I figure I crossed about 10 minutes before it happened," he said. "That's just too close to call."

He was standing about 200 feet away on top of a parking ramp with large group of people.

"I've never seen anything like this," he said.

The Homeland Security Department had received no indications Wednesday night that the collapse was an act of terrorism, department spokesman Russ Knocke said in Washington.

"We continue to monitor the situation. At this time, there's no indication of a nexus to terrorism," Knocke said.

The arched bridge, which was built in 1967, rises about 64 feet above the river. Workers have been repairing the 40-year-old bridge's surface as part of improvements along that stretch of the interstate, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported on its Web site


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Re: Minneapolis Bridge Collapses
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2007, 11:28:58 PM »
Its such a sad event here in the United States; so far 5 people have been confirmed dead and 79 or so were injured. I pray for those who perished in the event; its sad that this had to happen, but then again the bridge was over 40 years old.

God Bless the U.S.A!

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Re: Minneapolis Bridge Collapses
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2007, 11:44:11 PM »
Its such a sad event here in the United States; so far 5 people have been confirmed dead and 79 or so were injured. I pray for those who perished in the event; its sad that this had to happen, but then again the bridge was over 40 years old.

God Bless the U.S.A!

If it happens in the U.S., it can happen anywhere else in the world. The Philippine Government has to check on the strength of San Juanico Bridge in Samar.

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Re: Minneapolis Bridge Collapses
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2007, 12:08:59 AM »
I saw it on the news... Its soo sad.. mao pa intawon pagmata nako mao na dayon ni namathan nga balita.

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Re: Minneapolis Bridge Collapses
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2007, 01:08:04 AM »
If it happens in the U.S., it can happen anywhere else in the world. The Philippine Government has to check on the strength of San Juanico Bridge in Samar.

Speaking of San Juanico Bridge, sus! perteng kuyawa gyud ug naa ka sa tunga kay mag uyog-uyog gyud and that was 15yrs ago...

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Re: Minneapolis Bridge Collapses
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2007, 01:17:25 AM »
i saw it..dili lang sa pilipinas weak amng foundation hehehe

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Re: Minneapolis Bridge Collapses
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2007, 07:51:18 AM »
mao na makuyawan gyud ko mulabang ug bridge...i-check sad unta nag old Mactan bridge kay daghan baya manglabang diha..

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Re: Minneapolis Bridge Collapses
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2007, 08:00:41 AM »
If it happens in the U.S., it can happen anywhere else in the world. The Philippine Government has to check on the strength of San Juanico Bridge in Samar.

Yea what was really sad was that there was a public school bus for children that fell into the river as the bridge buckled. Blessed is the Lord that he spared the children and that no one in that bus was killed or severely injured. As sad as this event was, and I do truly feel sad for those who died, I'm happy how quick our law enforcement, the coast guard, the United States Army National Guard and Armed Forces branches were quick to help in the excavation of trapped vehicles. They saved many people, who could've died had it not been for the fast response.

This should be a lesson for all bridges in major cities here in the United States--I hope municipal agencies check up on the status of major bridges in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, etc. Lets hope nothing like this happens again....



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Re: Minneapolis Bridge Collapses
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2007, 10:00:31 PM »
mao na makuyawan gyud ko mulabang ug bridge...i-check sad unta nag old Mactan bridge kay daghan baya manglabang diha..

Gen, kung naa gani bridge, langoy nalang ka haha

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Re: Minneapolis Bridge Collapses
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2007, 09:10:18 AM »
sa tinuod lang cel,taga isla ko pero dili jud ko kamao molangoy  :-[

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Re: Minneapolis Bridge Collapses
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2007, 09:35:37 PM »
hoy! ginoo ko, pagpraktis oi kay dili ka malingaw ana.

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Re: Minneapolis Bridge Collapses
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2007, 09:21:27 AM »
lingaw ghapon oy!salbabida galon ug kabo lipay na hehehe ;)

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Re: Minneapolis Bridge Collapses
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2007, 07:24:14 AM »
^ haahaha so im not the only one who doesnt know how to swim,

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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2007, 09:00:06 AM »
haha kai bao man ko maka swim pero dili bitaw kaibao maka paddle. Ku-an ra..kanang...frog style...hahaha.

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« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2007, 07:51:05 PM »
dog style kamao ka? ;) ;D

mao ra pud nay akong kamauhan hahaha

kahinumdum lang ko nga nag-sportsfest mi sa amo trabahuan sa Mepza, nya naay contest langoy, unsay nasulod sa utok sa akong line-leader nga gipaapil manko, 2 mi kabuok kay relay man. una langoy ako amiga, sus pag-ako na, langoy tawon ko ug pina-insakto nga nilanguyan, imbes nga padulong tulin ako lawas napadulong man hinuon sa ilalom hahaha, hasta kaulaw, iniruan bitaw nako ug k√°bya da, tulin lagi pero kami intawon 1st from the last  ;D

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« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2007, 05:33:40 AM »
dog style kamao ka? ;) ;D

dog style? HAH! Jati..my head is in the gutters...i thought you were referring to the 'other meaning' of dog style. lol. But ya..i dont know how to dog paddle (dog style), just frog style.

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« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2007, 09:35:32 AM »
dog style? HAH! Jati..my head is in the gutters...i thought you were referring to the 'other meaning' of dog style. lol. But ya..i dont know how to dog paddle (dog style), just frog style.

 ;D ;D ;D ;D

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