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Major Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota... Many Injuries/Deaths Feared

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posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:12 PM
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Originally posted by Voxel
This is the bridge ( I hope it isn't too big) and if you watch the news it is totally gone. All that remains is the road surface sitting on those short little concrete footings.


Jon


Really nice picture Voxlel. Opps misspelled your name.

[edit on 8/1/2007 by Churchmouse]




posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:14 PM
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they just said fbi is called in...could be terrorist attack

i really doubt that.

this suck! this is the bridge i took just last night going to the twins game...at the same time. im just glad i had tickets for tuesdays game, and not tonights! yikes!


i hope death tolls in very low! like none!



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:15 PM
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MSNBC is saying Home land security says there is no I repeat no terrorist involvement. It is just a tragic accident. They stated witnesses say the crews were using jack hammers on the bridge surface and only 8 cars went into the river. One school bus loaded with kids had injuries but all got off alive and no numbers on injuries or possible deaths at this time.



[edit on 8/1/2007 by shots]



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:16 PM
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I did not read any other posts, not even the OP's. My opinion is that this is rediculous. Terrorism, or so they say. I see 4 more bridges before the end of the night.



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:17 PM
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It has been reported over here that there could be upto 6 dead and that some people are still trapped or stranded.



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:18 PM
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A structual engineer is being interviewed on the local ABC network and they are reading a report from May 2006 in that MNDOT (the Minnesota Dept of Transportation) examined the bridge and found hair-line cracks on the steel portion of several beams that were directly under the concrete portion of the bridge.

Also, another witness interviewed heard the "rumbles" just seconds before the collapse - from her office about 4 blocks away! As for terrorists, not sure, and highly unlikely, just reporting what was heard from people up here. My feeling is it because of the bridge inspection going on today, and the construction on both sides of the bridge, it is a construction accident.

[edit on 1-8-2007 by Spoontoad]



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:19 PM
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I may be saying this too soon, but don't worry overly, let your security services do that. It may be structural, they happen once every blue moon, just keep on with it, and it may not be too bad. I've just touched wood.



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:19 PM
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From what iv'e seen on sky news the "live footage" is 50 mins old in the UK and doesn't look like a couple of people died they have been saying 100s of people dead and injured. mymain worry is what caused the bridge to give way etc.



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:24 PM
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Watching CNN here in the UK, Paula Zahn Show, don't know how reputable she is, reporting that only one lane may have been open due to construction work.

These things tend to have a life of their own and casualties etc tend to vary by the minute, station etc.



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:29 PM
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"My truck got completely torn in half," said Gary Bavanaugh, who was on the bridge when it collapsed. "The bridge started shaking and it went down fast."

Bavanaugh said he was headed northbound on I-35W when he heard a huge rumbling and he saw a huge cloud of white dust as the bridge collapsed. He had his seatbelt on and said if he hadn't, his head would have gone through the windshield.

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According to a spokesperson from the Mn-DOT, there was no work on the actual structure under the bridge.

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posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:31 PM
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That is correct. as the I-35W Bridge was closed this past weekend for repairs, but not during the week. Also, yes there is only 8 cars in the water - because the entire 1/4 mile length of the bridge is in the water.

[edit on 1-8-2007 by Spoontoad]



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:33 PM
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Dont panic peeps. this isnt any terrorist bombing...as it appears. looks like structral failure...which happened in texas(?), a few months back. but this is much bigger.

there are way more car in the water then 8...they are reporting 30 cars minumin in the water alone...(just watch the live coverage at www.msn.com)

this was "bumper to bumper" traffic

was a train under the bridge!
50+ cars total involved...

[edit on 1-8-2007 by ready4truth]

[edit on 1-8-2007 by ready4truth]



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:35 PM
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Tragic...makes you wonder how something like this can happen? I work in construction and there are many many rules and regulations for safety to follow, even moreso on existing structures.

My thoughts and prayers to those who had to endure this experience. Bless their hearts.



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:35 PM
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Originally posted by shots
MSNBC is saying Home land security says there is no I repeat no terrorist involvement. It is just a tragic accident.


For the life of me I can't understand how they claim to know such things so quickly. Perhaps because the government is the only true terrorist.

"Oh well we had no plans to blow up some bridge, so no, it's not `terrorism`"



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:36 PM
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There has to be a lot in the water. They said it was bumper to bumper traffic, and I don't see too many cars on top of the collapse.

What a tragedy. I had recurring dreams about bridges collapsing when I was kid.



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:37 PM
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Originally posted by Quasar
I did not read any other posts, not even the OP's. My opinion is that this is rediculous. Terrorism, or so they say. I see 4 more bridges before the end of the night.



thats really denying ignorance there.... welcome to ATS


how can you reply to thread without reading it?



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:39 PM
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CNN just reported that one death has been confirmed. Hopefully that will be all.



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:40 PM
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Did anyone claiming terrorism even read my post on the first page?

This bridge has had problems from the beginning.

Check it out, you might be enlightened.



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:42 PM
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WOW Thanks for the heads up got it on foxnews now. When did this happen? I am so very sorry for all of you here on ATS that are local there. I'M crying now... I can only pray that they find all of the people that were present. Just said that DHD said it is not terrror related that they were working oon the bridge. I cant wait till the real people not the officials start telling us what this is all about. Now they are talking about railway being involved.



posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 07:42 PM
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A tragic accident by the looks of it.

I actually joked with my work colleagues that there would be cries of "Terrorism", but had to stop myself choking when some people actually did exactly that!

Hopefully no one is seriously hurt. I cringed when I read that a school bus had gone into the water.



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