Five Years Later: The 35W Bridge Collapse
It was five years ago today, on August 1, 2007, that the Interstate-35W bridge over the Mississippi River, near downtown Minneapolis, collapsed during rush hour.
Like no other tragedy in recent memory, the bridge collapse seized the collective attention of the Twin Cities metro, the state of Minnesota, and the surrounding five-state region of the Upper Midwest.
It seemed initially that dozens must be dead, but God was merciful. Amazingly, in the final tally, only 13 died — though 145 were injured.
Horror Close to Home
Great as our pain and angst were in those days, the 35W-bridge collapse is a relatively tiny tragedy compared to the 2011 tsunami in Japan, which killed 20,000. Or the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which claimed nearly a quarter million human lives in 14 countries.
But for those of us in the Twin Cities, this was our moment of horror close to home.…