OMG a bridge collapses in Minnesota

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  1. teachmemath

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    This is all over the news channels. I am praying for the victims and their families. They speculate 3 dead already. I hope the survivors are doing ok. This happened during rush hour. And one of the vehicles on there was a school bus. OHh man this makes you think how precious life is and how we can go anytime. All I can do is pray for those that were involved. I'm sorry to put a damper on things
     
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    I was talking to fam & they told me to turn it on. I've been over that bridge quite a bit!!!
    Prayers like you said for everyone victims, families & rescuers!
     
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    i just saw it on the news. how horrible! All those people just trying to get home from work. And the families! My thoughts are with them.
     
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    I am from MN and was watching the news when it happened....wow, the footage is just horrible. The children on the school bus are all okay, according to the reports. It is really just a terrible mess...please pray for all those involved. FYI cell phone networks are very busy and they are asking people not to use unless of emergencies...so if you are trying to contact family in the area and you can't get through, that may be why. PLEASE PRAY!!
     
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    We just saw it here on the news too. How horrible! I pray for those who were on the bridge and their families. It looks terrible on the news. Very scary!
     
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    A friend of mine just told me about this. Her cousin and his wife travel that bridge home every day and no one has been able to get in touch with them. It is horrible to think of what all those people are going through.
     
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    I am so sorry to hear that, Christy. I pray for their safety and everyone else involved in this horrible accident.
     
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    watching news now! oh my!
     
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    As of right now, 7 dead and 37 injured. Most of the rescue and recovery operations have been shut-down due to darkness and worries about safety for the rescuers. Cell phone service was down for about an hour... it is up and running again.

    My sister is in Minneapolis this week teaching a class for H&R Block. My dad travels that bridge 4x a week as he is an over-the-road truck driver. It's hitting TOO close to home!!

    Keep praying for everyone..
     
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    I just drove by that bridge on a different over pass this afternoon coming home from class not even four hours before it happened. I cannot even imagine what that felt like and I can honestly say I will think of that every time I go over a bridge now. It is creepy seeing it right downtown and actually seeing sites I know and knowing that how we travel through the city is changed. They've said it will take years to rebuild...Please pray for everyone involve, this is just really scary, but I am glad they don't think it was a terrorist thing.
     
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    This forum is a good place to spread this type of news. I had not seen the news today. I just got notice from this thread.
    I have been watching the news, and CNN now. Here is Red Cross number for finding missing people: (612) 871-7676

    This is really terrible.
     
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    Absoulute shock when I saw it, still cannot fathom how it happened. I pray that the death toll stays very low.
     
  14. Master Pre-K

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    I am glad you told us!!! I tell you, whenever I don't watch the news, something terrible happens! The last time something this bad happened, it was when Princess Di was killed. I was walking to the store, and I kept seeing headlines on the papers in the newspaper racks. I couldn't figure out what the story was. I finally broke down and brought a paper. It was so sad.

    Thank you teachmemath. This is a good forum for sharing info.

    Here is a number (612) 871-7676 for the Red Cross for families to find out about missing love ones.

    They are also saying please don't use your cell phone or call 612 area code unless it is an absolute emergency..because the lines are all tied up.
     
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    A special prayer for you dizzy, and all of our teachers in Minnesota...
     
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    I guess they do not think terrorism is involved. Given the timing with the NYC steam explosion a couple of weeks ago, I think they suspect the aging info structure.
    I believe it was in 1992 or 93 while driving along I-40 that I just barely got across the river that separates Oklahoma and Arkansas and that bridge fell in the water. We didn’t even know it. Shortly after crossing that bridge, we stopped for gas. Later when we got a motel near Little Rock, I heard it on the news. I checked the time on my gas receipt and calculated the time the bridge fell in and realized that we must have just barely gotten across. I remember seeing the barge that they said caused the collapse. I think more people got killed in that collapse (well I mean more than the 7 they are currently reporting from Minnesota collapse).
    But now listen to this. In August when I returned to school (hundreds of miles from that bridge), I told some people and another teacher said her brother was under that bridge just 30 minutes before it collapsed!
     
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    I heard back from her late last night, they are fine, they couldn't get through on the cell phone. The wife was a few minutes late leaving work (they work together) and they were almost at the bridge when it collapsed.
    In some of the news articles I read about people who had just crossed the bridge or who had stopped for gas, etc. Sometimes it's amazing to think that a decision like that could truly save your life.

     
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    Divine Intervention??!:angel:
     
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    They have lessened the number of dead to 4. Although it will climb today as there are at least 20-40 cars unaccounted for. They believe they are in the river under the bridge that collapsed. It was a long night, but as far as I know and have been able to get in contact, my friends and family are doing okay! What a scary thought. I hated bridges (because I hate heights) over water, this just makes more reason to not go over them!
    I hope the rescuers can stay safe, because they are not sure about the structure safety of what hasn't fallen totally down yet. We still are having live coverage of it this morning and probably all day as more news comes in.
    They believe it was the steel under the bridge that gave way. You can watch the video on CNN.com of it collapsing. How scary. I just hope that all people waiting for their loved ones will have some answers soon!
     
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    God I hate the bureaucratic speak
    "structurally deficient."
    "Documentation phase"
    Plan every day English please
     

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