Wednesday, August 01, 2007

We're okay. So far, everyone I know wasn't involved. The I-35W bridge over the Mississippi collapsed just over 3 hours ago. Estimates have 2 4 6 fatalities and 28 41 hurt thus far, though reports are trickling in that many more were killed. This happens to be one of the major interstate highways, and this happened at rush-hour, 6.05 pm. Over 100,000 cars travel over this bridge daily. They estimate over 50-100 vehicles were on the bridge when it collapsed.
Though an hour away and a safe distance from here, this was a highway I've travelled on numerous times. And, on a whim, I was this close to driving up to Minneapolis after work today.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, families and gallant rescue workers and divers trying to search for survivors, or extricate the bodies.
More news here.