I nearly had heart failure when I heard of the news of the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsing yesterday. The reason: Heidi was in Minneapolis yesterday and at first, I wasn't sure where that bridge was in relation to the airport and when the story first broke, I wasn't certain of what time the bridge collapsed. I breathed a sigh of relief when I found out that the bridge collapsed shortly after 6PM, and Heidi's flight left at 7PM, so there was little doubt that she was safely in the airport and through security when the bridge gave out. (pictures via CBS News)
Still, this is a big deal. There are a lot of people that are injured and the number of people that died is still a bit of a mystery. The reason for the collapse itself is an even bigger mystery. But thank goodness that there were lane closures on the bridge - otherwise, it would have been an even bigger tragedy.
And here's some quite shocking footage of the collapse itself.
Prayers go out to all affected by this. It may not seem like a big deal in the wake of 9/11 and Katrina, but for us in the Midwest, it's a big deal.