Breaking News: Bridge over 35W Collapses

This was a major bridge for commuters and it has just collapsed. I was nearly on this road at this exact time (6:05 to 6:15 pm) but decided at the last moment to take a different route. Live video.
UPDATES:
50 or more vehicles are in the water or on fire.
KSTP Coverage (good photos)
CNN’s Coverage
Google News
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Surprisingly info-full Wikipedia entry of the event and the bridge. From the entry:

The bridge was notable for not having any piers in the water. Instead, the main support piers were located on the banks of the river, and were built of tubular-shaped concrete pillars. This allowed for a wide, clear span across the river, making river navigation easier. Although not very decorative, the bridge was one of the widest bridges in the Twin Cities area and provided an important link for Interstate 35W traffic.

Map/Timeline that I would like to add to (includes where I was at the time)

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Even though the news kept saying the 35W bridge, the location didn’t sink in for my wife or I because that stretch of road always felt like a continuation of roadway rather a bridge . . .
    Totally shocked once I figured it out . . .
    Also, call me confused but how come almost 5 hours since the collapse we haven’t seen the traffic cam footage of the collapse?
    Stuart

  2. I’m glad that you made it out safe.
    So far, no one I know was in the midst of it, though I’ve heard from a few people that missed it by minutes.
    Eric

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