I am so glad the catastrophe in my state last night wasn't worse. Even the collapse of the biggest and busiest bridges can't match the devestation of a terrible earthquake, hurricane, or tsunami.
It was one of those memory-searing moments: I was working in Vue on starting a Portal Page illustration for 'One Shining Day,' and casually flipped on the radio to have some music...only to hear the announcer gravely talking about the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River.
I am so glad it wasn't worse:
* The 60 or so kids in the school bus that was on the bridge when it collapsed were all rescued.
* The train cars underneath that got crushed were only cars from a freight train, not a passenger train.
* The bridge was packed with rush-hour traffic at 6:05 pm when it happened--but as half the lanes had been closed for construction, it wasn't as packed with vehicles as it could have been.
* The death toll has been lowered to 'only 4.' Though that might rise, as there are some 50 cars lying at the bottom of the river.
* This happened in the warmest part of the summer, not another month when icy waters would prove quickly lethal.
Brandi was so kind as to send an e-mail last evening checking up on me. *hugs*
And I am so glad all my coworkers are present and accounted for. Thank you, God!
*shivers* I saw photos of the bus with the back door open. I'm so glad they weren't a little farther along on the bridge.
Thank god for construction! (Heh, never thought I'd say THAT!) I'm hoping all turns out well, because headlines say that about 30 people are still missing.
*hugs* I'm glad your coworkers are accounted for!
I know! That was so close and could have been so much worse.
Me either! =P I sure hope it's less than 30, but it's so hard when people from anywhere could've been on the interstate at that moment.
Me too! And my mom got through to one of my great-aunts this evening, so all my distant relatives in Minneapolis are accounted for too. *huge sigh*
EEK! *huggles* So glad to hear that you're all right! (and that your coworkers are all right and that it wasn't worse.)
*hugs again* I hope the death figure stays low! (and that those 30 people Brandi mentioned get found.) I had no idea this had happened (but I avoid the news as much as I can.)
Thanks! Makes me doubly glad I avoid Minneapolis like the plague. =P I heard some tales on the bus this morning where family members of a couple of the bus riders had crossed shortly beforehand, but nothing like that for my coworkers, I don't believe.
*hugs* I didn't think it would make more than national news. It was after midnight your time when it happened. I really hope that figure stays low too =( and some of the missing people are found in the hospitals.
Agh, how horrible! I haven't checked my news sites this week. :(
That could have been so much worse - lucky they were doing construction work on the bridge at the time. Not much consolation for the people who didn't make it, though. :(
I don't suppose you've ever heard of the Tasman Bridge collapse?
I check the top headlines most days out of habit, but ignorance is bliss, really. =P Besides, half of what they consider 'news' around here isn't worth the reading.
No, though at least that number is starting to look quite low compared to how it could have been.
Not before just looking it up now! Happened the year I was born. They're just as tragic, but more explicable, when a boat or collision causes it. What a mess for the people cut off, though!