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35W Collapse- Too Close For Comfort

by Ali @ An Ordinary Mom on August 5, 2007 · 0 comments

I’m sure by now you have all heard about the horror that hit Minneapolis last Wednesday night.  I’ve driven and ridden across that bridge so many times… and my husband had driven across it that morning.

On his way home he decided to take a different parallel bridge (the one on the left in the picture just below)- that and about 10 minutes, maybe less, made all the difference in the world!  Had he left just a few minutes later… and had he stayed on 35 rather than try to manuever around a little bit of traffic…

(Photos from Associated Press)

My brother-in-law crosses (well, crossed…) that bridge every time he went to or came home from work.

A dear friend from church, was in her van with her 6 children, on her way to the airport to pick up her husband, she pulled off just before that bridge to run through a drive-thru… something inside her said ‘you should get the food now rather than later…’  They were a few hundred feet away when it collapsed- and probably would’ve been on it had she not decided to pull off and grab the kids a bite to eat.  Needless to say, they were a bit late to church that night… there was a bit of a traffic problem.

It’s all just a little too close for comfort.  I was sitting in the van, munching on my barely-semi-healthy fast food before church when the first news report hit.  Crunch, crunch… 35W… gulp…near Washington Ave… bridge collapse… what? did she say collapse?  Must have been construction? It didn’t occur to me people would’ve been on it… cars in the river… what?!  Surely I must’ve heard that wrong…

A friend of my husband’s called his cell- this friend was in Florida, watching the scene unfold on Fox News.  He knew my husband was working down right near that bridge that very afternoon, just a couple hours earlier, and thought he would probably take 35W North, right across that bridge as he headed home.  He wanted to make sure Dave was okay…

It all still seams so surreal.  We went to a Twins game Friday night, as planned, and had to take a detour, it was odd, knowing why I was being rerouted…  We passed near the area, and looked over, and couldn’t see the wreckage, but we couldn’t see the bridge either… just the end of the freeway… it was weird, eerie even.  There was a picture tribute on the jumbotron-screen-thing, music, and stirring words about how our city has changed forever, how we came together and are stronger for it, it was so 9/11ish- very sobering.  There was a moment of silence.  It was hard not to cry.  It wasn’t an act of terrorism, but it was/is terrifying.  It could’ve been my husband, my brother-in-law, or one of my best friends with all of her children.

Praise the Lord for His hand of protection over my family and friends.

Life is precious, hug your kids today!

PS- There are some incredible local new stories-

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 msmarla August 6, 2007 at 12:31 am

I was so sorry to hear about the collapse, and am very glad to hear that no one close to you was harmed. Thank You, God.

I don't have any irl friends from there, but did think of you since you had mentioned in your blog that you drive into Minneapolis frequently.


2 Victorious August 6, 2007 at 7:20 am

I knew you lived in that area and had wondered how the collapse affected your family. I am so glad to hear everyone was kept safe!

Blessings ~ Diane


3 Majormom August 6, 2007 at 10:09 am

I didn't realize that was your neck of the woods. After Steve's family went through the Greensburg tornado and then our community being hit with the flood this happening to you becomes really scary. I'm so thankful that your hubby and friends were not on that bridge.


4 Honeybee August 6, 2007 at 5:59 pm

Isn't it so amazing how God directs even our smallest steps?! I'm glad your loved ones are safe. This was a horrible thing to see unfold on the news. I had forgotten you were up there. We keep with our prayers for everyone involved.



5 OurLittleSchoolRoom August 6, 2007 at 8:00 pm

God truly keeps us in the palm of His hand, and under His wings. Amazing how he directed the steps of people on that day.

Hearts aching for those who did lose a loved one or ones though.




6 AngelBee August 7, 2007 at 11:35 am

It is amazing how effected everyone has been by the bridge. Our dance students aunt does daycare for a dad that passed away. My mother works with the young lady that was on the news who lost her mother. We also know 2 people who were on the bridge when it fell and are mostly uninjuried.

It is truly a miracle that more people were not killed.

So horrifyingly sad though. :(

(This is Angela from Blessed Hope :) )


7 Vanderclan August 10, 2007 at 12:54 pm

You gave me chills.

Praise the Lord for His protection.

Grace and peace,



8 wellsnation August 11, 2007 at 12:19 am

I'm so glad you guys weren't on that bridge. The stories about your friends are amazing!


9 JenIG August 11, 2007 at 8:42 am

oh ali, that is so frightening. i am glad to hear that you are ok.


10 DanielleW August 14, 2007 at 7:32 am

How scary for you all! And how wonderful to see the hand of God in your lives. He is good.

I have a friend in Colorado who is from Minnesota and couldn't get ahold of her family members for hours and hours after the collapse. How horrid not knowing!


11 DandelionSeeds November 16, 2007 at 9:53 am

I didn't realize you were in Minnesota! I'm in the middle (by Brainerd). What a small world!


12 psalm127 December 3, 2007 at 3:32 pm

OH my I am so glad you where all ok. We watched that on Fox all day and prayed for those there. God is so good. We never no why we get side tracked or behind sometimes but there is always a reason


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