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Minneapolis bridge collapse

August 2nd, 2007 at 06:49 am

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Text is startribune.com and Link is http://www.startribune.com

If you've seen the news, you may have heard about the 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis last night. We are ok. My SO was on that bridge about an hour before it collapsed...I'm so glad he didn't stay at work late last night.

I watched a bit of CNN and realized they were getting many of the facts wrong. For the most accurate coverage, check out our local newspaper online -
Text is Star Tribune and Link is http://www.startribune.com
Star Tribune.

It's scary. Surreal. Watching the news, I've had to continually remind myself that this happened here.

35W is a main artery of the Twin Cities. I take that highway all the time, and I've never felt unsafe. Perhaps there was a reason I didn't get that job a couple of weeks ago - I would have had to have taken that highway to get there. I'm sure it will be years before it's back up.

It's nearly impossible to get around this city without crossing a bridge - pretty disturbing to think that one just might collapse at any given moment.

I feel so bad for the people who went through that experience, and are still going through it today, waiting for news about their loved ones. It breaks my heart.

The mood today is very somber. You could hear a pin drop in my office building. Everyone was silently poring over the newspaper on the bus this morning. I think we are all in a state of mild shock.

Twin Cities-ites, please check in! I want to know that you are all ok.

16 Responses to “Minneapolis bridge collapse”

  1. KellyB Says:

    Glad to hear yo and your SO are ok. Very surreal indeed that a bridge can just collapse with no forewarning! Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those involved. God Bless.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Hey kashi,

    Me and mine are OK too. I was at a concert at First Ave. last night and they cut the video feed of the show and started showing something weird on Kare 11 instead. We nudged each other but couldn't figure out what it was--a bridge collapsed from an earthquake somewhere? Archival footage the rapper had requested? Then at the end of the set, one of the performers said one of the headliners wouldn't be coming on--the 35W bridge had collapsed and his deejay's girlfriend had been on that schoolbus full of kids that was on the bridge. Luckily, I don't think anyone on the schoolbus was killed. I've heard from someone whose husband was driving over the bridge 3 minutes before and saw it collapse in his rearview mirror--it was stop-and-go traffic, so he hadn't gotten very far away at all.

    Glad to hear you're OK. It really is surreal, coming out of the blue like that, no storm, no clear reason why it happened.


  3. monkeymama Says:

    Wow. I am glad you are all okay. We saw that pop on the news and we see stuff every so often like that out here due to "Earthquake." So you think earthquake, terrorist, who knows. Of course I think it was almost more disconcerting hearing that they have no idea why - the bridge just collapsed. ??? Very scary.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    Glad you are ok. What a tragedy!!

  5. miclason Says:

    Glad to hear you're ok. I was looking at the news here in ES yesterday and they showed this and I, too, thought Earthquake someplace!...I've always been afraid of bridgees, but, generally of the narrow ones! (I used to have a recurrent dream growing up, that I was driving on a narrow bridge and veered off!)
    Sending prayers to all!

  6. fern Says:

    Really scary that they just recently inspected it and found no immediate concerns.

  7. kashi Says:

    CJ - glad you are ok!

    Hope to hear from LittleGopher too...

    Thanks, everyone. I'm hoping to get some photos of it today (from a distance).

    I think the most disturbing part is that there was no big event to explain it (like an earthquake).

  8. JanH Says:

    Oh, wow. Glad that you and your loved ones are okay! CJ's too! This is an awful tragedy. Prayers go out to all in Minneapolis.

  9. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Kashi, I'm glad to hear you and SO are ok. The president of my company's family used to live in Minneapolis in a suburb near where the bridge is. I think my family may have driven over that bridge a number of times to get to a Twins game when we lived in MN. Scary stuff.


  10. LuckyRobin Says:

    I'm glad you are okay. I am still waiting to hear from a friend of mine who lives there and drives theat bridge five days a week. I can't get through to her partner either. I just keep getting their machine. I watched the footage last night for a couple of hours and then had to turn it off.

  11. baselle Says:

    I'm glad you are okay - I'm glad you and CJ blogged. I don't have a lot of other MN contacts (WI and MN have a friendly rivalry). The Seattle media spotlit the fact that a number of our bridges are similar to this one.

  12. littlegopher Says:

    I'm very glad you and your SO are safe - we are as well. Thank you so much for asking.

    My husband too had been on the bridge earlier in the afternoon - he criss-crosses the Cities several times daily for work. It's so tragic, and unbelievable really, but the response, both locally and further, has been very heartening. I feel so bad for the families still waiting news - hopefully the recovery can start soon.

    I'm glad you're ok - take care...

  13. veronak Says:

    This was terrible my heart goes out to those who died and are injured . Glad you guys are safe

  14. kashi Says:

    LuckyRobin - I sent you an email, but if you don't hear from your friend soon, let me know.

    LittleGopher - I'm glad you and your family are ok!!

    They are still trying to move ahead with the recovery effort...I feel so bad for those people who are waiting to hear about their missing loved ones.

  15. CB in the City Says:

    Kashi, LittleGopher and CJ -- I'm glad you are all okay, and thanks for letting us know.

    I have always been a little queasy on bridges and this is why! I hope that repairs and replacements will be more timely now.

  16. mjrube94 Says:

    OK, I'm late getting back to this site, as usual, but of course as soon as I heard about this you were the first one I thought of. I'm glad that you and SO are ok...

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