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Minnesota Bridge is Falling Down, Falling Down, Falling Down

At 6:05 pm on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, during the evening rush hour, the main spans of the 35W bridge collapsed, falling into the river and its banks. Thirteen people died and approximately one hundred more were injured. Immediately after the collapse help came from mutual aid in the seven-county metropolitan area and a multitude of civilians, hospitals, volunteers and agencies. When an event like this happens there is always the natural reaction of having fear to cross any bridge or of something else happening in certain people. People need and want answers as to why these things happen in order for them to understand better. For the longest time people had pondered on what may have caused this tragedy. Recently it was discovered that there was a design flaw in the bridge itself. When this information was released there is no doubt that people became concerned with other things in the area. Did these engineers and designers make mistakes in other buildings? With this fear in our system it is hard to trust everything around us like we used to. Our red flags are up and we are on guard a little bit more than before. So does this mean we should go around checking everything that was built to see if there were flaws? No, thats not what im saying. But what we should do is take extra precaution so this type of thing NEVER happens again.35W 018.jpg