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Minneapolis Bridge Collapse
The I-35W bridge over the Mississippi in Minneapolis collapsed during rush hour on August 1, 2007, plunging dozens of cars and their occupants into the river. The calamity disrupted transportation, aimed a spotlight on public infrastructure, and evoked an outpouring of public response.

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"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.

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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.

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