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10 Years Ago Today, I-35 Bridge in Minnesota Collapsed

CNN via YouTube
CNN via YouTube

10 years ago today (August 1) rush hour in Minneapolis went from bad to disaster as Interstate 35W suddenly collapsed into the Mississippi River. The bridge, according to Wikipedia, is the 3rd busiest bridge in the metro area, carrying 140,000 vehicles daily.

Fox News reported that the The National Transportation Safety Board said that crucial gusset plates that held the bridge’s beams together were only half as thick as they should have been. A contributing factor was the nearly 300 tons of construction materials stockpiled on the deck for renovations.

Dozens of vehicles fell into the river during rush hour. Startribune says, 13 people died and 145 people were injured on that day. Minneapolis firefighters and emergency responders will permanently place a piece of the wreckage at their Emergency Operations Center.

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