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#1 Ronbo

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 07:24 PM

Wow, I don't drive this way often but this bridge is only a only about ten miles from my home. It is one of the main and busiest freeways around here.

They are saying that as many as fifty cars are in the water, injuries and fatalities are unknown at this moment. I hope not many were hurt or killed in this.

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 07:39 PM

Wow that is something. Not to many bridges go down.

Some inspector should have seen signs of this shouldn't they?

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 07:42 PM

Yeah, it's all over the National news.

They're saying it is unclear what caused it.


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Posted 01 August 2007 - 07:58 PM

I didn't hear about it until now... like said before thats not too common.

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 08:16 PM

Wow, two bridges in two days! There was a bridge failure in Oroville Ca. that had been under construction yesterday which had made the national news, and now this.

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 06:08 PM

We watched a bit of the news coverage last night and how sad! Regardless of why the bridge collapsed, the sadness must be horrible for both the survivors and those who's loved ones died. Huge sad sigh.

How every odd though ... one bridge down and people standing on the other one watching ... think I'd be hesitant to use it (it's a 'twin', is it not?) until it was thoroughly inspected.
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Posted 02 August 2007 - 11:12 PM

We watched a bit of the news coverage last night and how sad! Regardless of why the bridge collapsed, the sadness must be horrible for both the survivors and those who's loved ones died. Huge sad sigh.

How every odd though ... one bridge down and people standing on the other one watching ... think I'd be hesitant to use it (it's a 'twin', is it not?) until it was thoroughly inspected.


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Posted 02 August 2007 - 11:57 PM

Glad to hear you were not on it Ronbo, I've some friends live in the suburbs up there and I've fired off an email hoping to find that they are OK too..
I've been watching the news but really nothing new since the first few hours after the fall as far as I can tell. Any new word? :thumbsup:
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 09:12 AM

So far 9 people have died. That was on the news yesterday.

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 09:35 PM

Thanks Wildabeast, believe me when I say I am glad I was not also. None of my family and friends were involved either so I feel thankful for that. One of my co-workers was on his way home though and he was only about twenty minutes away from the bridge when the collapse happened. I sure was glad to see his ugly face at work yesterday morning. :thumbsup:

I am sure your friends are OK, luckily it appears that not as many people were hurt or killed as first believed. Right now the toll stands at 6 dead, about 111 injured and they suspect only 8 more missing. While horrible as it is, it could have been much worse than it already is.

While the bridge was full, traffic was moving slowing because of 1) the rush hour and 2) it is a law around here to slow down when driving by working crews, you did not have cars traveling at 60mph hurtling off the bridge into the river. Given the distance needed to stop a vehicle at that speed, fast moving rush hour traffic could possibly have meant a lot more injuries and deaths than occurred.

One very inspirational thing about this whole incident was the fact that when this happened bystanders and even some of those involved in the bridge collapse themselves took risks to help those around them that needed it. The way the media likes to play up the bad side of human nature we sometimes forget that there are very many good hearted people among us. It made me feel good to know that my neighbors would do that to help out those in need.

MaraM, the bridge that collapsed was a steel arch bridge while the one the people were standing on is a stone arch bridge, two entirely different designs and totally unrelated to each other.

If anything is going to come from this it is going to be increased awareness of how we need to put more effort into maintaining the nation's (any nation's) infrastructure. You can't just build this stuff than walk away saying job well done, you have to maintain this stuff as well and we haven't been doing as good a job at this we should have.
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