There was a school bus on the bridge and I just saw a report that all the kids on board are going to be ok. Unfortunately, a storm is going to be going through the area shortly as well, hindering rescue efforts.
I have been in tears watching this on the news. My husband drove across that bridge 3 times this afternoon for meetings. It is about 10 miles from out house. His uncle and cousin missed it by about 20 minutes. And my husband and son we going to go to the Twins Game but decided not to. Thank God, they could have been on the bridge if they had gone.
This is horrible.
“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.” -Michael Jackson
As many of you know I do live right here in the Twin Citites. I live in Dinkytown, which is a part of Minneapolis that is right next to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus.
This evening I was on my way home from work a bit later than normal and at around six o'clock I was taking the detour to the 10th Ave bridge via Washington Ave (West side of the river). Since it was the end of rush hour and with construction at this time I expect to see cars backed up to turn right as we're hitting some small blocks in this area; however, when I finally made it to the intersection... I saw something else. I was on the exit ramp and in front of me cars were on approaching the intersection from the on-ramp. Confused and baffled, I kept waiting to turn. I could see a truck across a few lanes and a cop car with flashing lights holding and re-directing traffic in a U-turn up the on-ramp. A few vehicles even tried to enter that on-ramp, but were denied access. As I continued to 15th Ave, I was passed by a SUV fire truck and when the light changed I turned left and made my way to 10th Ave to take the bridge to University Ave (as the route of this detour.) I was on the speaker phone talking to Hollywood1939 when I quickly told him I had to go and would call him back. Cars were stopped and parked on both sides of the bridge with a number of people looking west at the 35W bridge. I drove slowly and as I looked to my left I immediately saw smoke. Then I saw cars at a dead stand-still and since I was driving and had originally planned to meet my parents I kept going. I saw a truck stopped and lots of flashing lights from emergency vehicles. I also saw the bridge as what appeared to be a ramp down into the river... and got scared. Since my parents were already in Dinkytown (as I had encountered more traffic) I tried to explain to my mom what was going on, but she didn't quite follow. As soon as I walked into the door I turned on the news and the first image I saw was that of the school bus just sitting there on the collapsed bridge. I yelled to my roommate who was getting ready for a date to come look and explained what had happened. We then called my other roommate and recieved calls from other friends in the area and everyone we know of is safe. As I got ready to meet my parents Hollywood1939 informed me that it was also on the national news, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, etc. That's when it hit me how large this was. The cell service here is busy, busy, and busy. I finally met with my dad outside and then my parents decided just to go home instead.
As I went back into my apartment building I went up to the 18th floor (I live on the 2nd floor) to the game room. When I looked outside and saw the bridge I just stopped. I couldn't walk any closer to it. As the other residents walked out it was only myself and another resident in there. He turned on the TV to WCCO and we watched the TV, out the window and listened to the TV. Since the cell service is busy, I was able to get text messages from MiceChatters and wanted to let everyone know I was alright. If anything, I'm a bit shookup. In 2002 they said that approx. 140,000 vehicles cross that bridge everday. Today, they say that number is about 147,000. That is my way to work. If my exit wasn't closed because of that part of the construction and I had left work at 5:30 instead of at 5:40 I would've been... who knows for sure. That's what I began to realize as I stood in the game room. I kept hearing sirens and emergency vehicles come by and it was helping calm me somewhat. But I couldn't just stand there and look down at Downtown Minneapolis for too long. The lights, the people on the pedestrian bridge, the boats, the smoke - it's just too much to take in. As I walked to the other side of the game room I could see a Blackhawk helicopter. As I looked I could see the 10th Ave bridge was now blocked off from all traffic and only had a few Police vehicles on it. That's where I drove by and saw this. The flashing lights are everywhere and also with boats in the Mississippi. I then learned from WCCO and Hollywood1939 of the train that was under it. I love walking down by those train tracks and I have personally walked under that bridge many, many times.
This is hitting me quite close to home. In fact, the bridge is four blocks from the place I call home. As I write this I hear more sirens going by and I see the clouds start to darken as a small storm is about to set in. I need to step back and take a break from this, especially since my body is shaking in shock. I need to just hide for a bit and let this all sink in. Thank you to all of you who were concerned. You're one big family to me. TinkPink, my thoughts went to you and your family as I know you live nearby Minneapolis as well. I am glad to hear that you are all safe as well.
Last edited by BigPigletFan; 08-01-2007 at 05:38 PM.
Wow, just wow. I'm in Hawaii, and we came in the room and turned on Fox news, and low and behold, Sean Hannity is talking about the bridge collapse. I knew exactly where it was, immediately called BPF, she told me she posted this, and at least she's okay... Shock just doesn't even begin to describe it. It just hit too close to home for me. Not my home, but so close to BPF...