Wednesday, August 1, 2007


What a horrible day.

If you didn't hear, a major bridge collapsed without warning in Minneapolis, Minnesota tonight. There were nearly 50 cars on the bridge at the time. It could have been much worse. Thankfully, only one lane was open due to construction work. But yet, the results are terrible.

At the time that I write this, 7 are confirmed dead. Sadly, 20 are missing. The logical presumption is that the 20 will probably not be found alive. I hope I am wrong.

I have driven on this bridge countless times. I have family and friends that used this bridge today. Thankfully, most of the people I know that could have been on this bridge have been accounted for.

I realize this is nothing compared to some of the horrors that have happened in this country and in the world, but for me, this hits a little too close to home. I can't help but be affected.

If you are so inclined and want to help, the local Red Cross phone number is:
and the website is:

UPDATE: 9 are now confirmed as dead, 60 wounded and 20 still missing. WTF!!!!!

Another UPDATE: Apparently there have only been 4 killed so far. This is still terrible, but it is good news. Of course, the reckless use of the word 'confirmed' by the local press last night has me a bit annoyed.


Ψ*Ψ said...

Wow, that's awful. Do they know what caused the collapse?

Greg the Chemist said...

I've been watching the news since last night. How horrible. They have downgraded the number of confirmed dead to four. I expect that to go back up when they recover people from the cars in the river.