Sunday, August 2, 2009

35W Bridge Collapse Anniversary

Remembering the 35W Bridge Collapse
Flags are flying at half staff across the state on Saturday to remember the 35W Bridge collapse, which happened on August 1, 2007.
At 6:05 p.m., the exact time the bridge went down, Governor Tim Pawlenty asked people in Minnesota to pause for a moment of silence.
Two years after the collapse that killed 13 people and injured 145, survivors and their families are taking time to reflect on the disaster.
"It is something we are all going to remember. We will remember where we were when that bridge fell. The amazing thing is that we only lost the number of people we did lose," said Kay Roseland of Minneapolis.
While some survivors are happy to just be alive, others and their families are taking action. Nearly 100 survivors and their families are now seeking legal action against the consultant that analyzed the bridge and the contractors that resurfaced it when it collapsed.
The State of Minnesota has already issued $37 million to bridge collapse survivors and their families.

Metro Transit observed the anniversary by having all buses stop for 30 seconds for a moment of silence.

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