Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Tragedy in Minneapolis: I-35 Bridge Collapses

The Interstate 35 Mississippi River bridge collapsed this evening at approximately 6:05pm local time. The initial eye-witness accounts mentioned that construction on the bridge had traffic in one direction down to a single lane. The following pictures of the I-35 bridge provide some perspective.

The upper right third of this photo depicts the I-35 bridge. The 10th Avenue bridge, the narrower of the two structures to the immediate right of I-35, did not appear to be damaged.

Looking south over the river, the scale of the span is apparent.

Another perspective: looking west along the river.

The height of the bridge is approximately 63 feet at its highest point, according to Fox News.

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Photo: Rick Van Anken

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by this catastrophe.

Update: Mark LaCroix posted a series of photos taken from the ground.

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