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I am so glad the catastrophe in my state last night wasn't worse.…

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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!
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On August 2nd, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC), wispywillow commented:
*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!
On August 3rd, 2007 12:58 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
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*