What caused the Minnesota bridge collapse?

What caused the Minnesota bridge collapse?

And the National Transportation Safety Board determined that it was a design flaw, and not deferred maintenance, neglect, or other problems, that caused the 35W bridge to collapse. Gusset plates that hold the bridge’s huge steel beams together were only half as thick as they should have been.

Did The bridge of San Luis Rey really collapse?

A rope bridge woven by the Inca a century earlier collapsed at that particular moment, while five people were crossing it, sending them falling from a great height to their deaths in the river below. The collapse was witnessed by Brother Juniper, a Franciscan friar who was on his way to cross the bridge himself.

Where was the MN bridge collapse 10 years ago?

Ten years ago, the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis collapsed, sending cars, trucks and even a school bus that were crawling over it in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic plummeting into the river below and onto the rocky shore. Thirteen people were killed, 145 more were injured, many of them seriously.

Is there a bridge over the Mississippi River in Minnesota?

For the replacement bridge, see I-35W Saint Anthony Falls Bridge. The I-35W Mississippi River bridge (officially known as Bridge 9340) was an eight-lane, steel truss arch bridge that carried Interstate 35W across the Saint Anthony Falls of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.

When did the Interstate 35W bridge fall in Minnesota?

The Interstate 35W bridge was one of the busiest in Minnesota before it fell Aug. 1, 2007. First responders scrambled to rescue survivors from the debris, including a school bus carrying 52 students and several adults. Navy divers spent two weeks recovering bodies from dark waters full of sharp steel. Federal investigators stayed for months.

Who was the MnDOT engineer at the Minneapolis bridge collapse?

Nancy Daubenberger was still in the bridge office of the MnDOT just after 6:00 p.m. CT, when a colleague called with the horrifying and heartbreaking news. “The first feeling was shock,” says Daubenberger, then a bridge engineer for the state and now the director of engineering services for MnDOT.