Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Highway bridge collapses in Minneapolis

The Interstate 35W bridge across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed tonight, right at the end of rush hour.

So far, fatalities and injuries seem miraculously light, but that may just be a function of lack of information. It seems unlikely that there wouldn't be a substantial number of fatalities.

I don't use that bridge in my commute, although my wife drove across it twice earlier today. But we're all okay as are everybody we know.

Hope for the best.

Update: This is a major traffic artery. Tomorrow's commute is going to be a mess. And since it could take a year or more to rebuild the span, the Twin Cities are going to be a traffic mess for a long time.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been watching that. A scary thing. Glad you and your family are okay. Hope it's not as bad on the number of people killed and injured as it looks like it might be at this point.

Any word what caused it yet? I imagine it's too soon for that.


8/01/2007 8:28 PM  
Blogger Sean Aqui said...

No word yet on cause yet, and thus for only one confirmed death, two more rumored and 28 known injuries.

This could become a big political issue, because deferred maintenance on roads and bridges has been a big issue in the state. Expect a lot of fingerpointing over who didn't spend enough money to prevent this.

8/01/2007 8:32 PM  

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