"What bothers me most about this is that the checks and balances have failed. [MPR News: Why did no one ever look at the gusset plates?] No one person is responsible for a design.
Shortly after this tragic accident all of the states jumped on the bandwagon and re-inspected bridges that had been inspected with no idea of what they where looking for. "
-- Excerpt from a recent commentary by Robert Olori, Pearl River, N.Y.
Featured discussions from MPR's Minnesota Life group on Gather.com:
Were you present at the event or have pictures of the aftermath?
First-person accounts through the lens of MPR News
Stumbling into a life-and-death situation
Sean McLoughlin, a Minneapolis resident, recounts how he suddenly became a first responder at the I-35W bridge collapse.
Perspectives from residents and commuters
Minnesota Public Radio has gathered the perspectives of area residents and commuters who had a connection with the failed
Witnesses to a disaster
Minnesota Public Radio News has gathered the first-hand experiences of people who experienced the collapse of the 35W bridge.
Perspective from a first responder
First responder and firefighter Curt Mackey talks about the photos he captured during the early hours of the I-35w bridge rescue and recovery effort.