MINNEAPOLIS - On Aug. 1, 2007 the heavily-used Interstate 35W bridge collapsed, sending concrete and rebar, vehicles and the people inside them plunging into the Mississippi River. Thirteen people lost their lives and 145 were injured, some of them critically.
On the 10-year anniversary of this life-changing event, KARE 11 is checking in with some of those whose lives changed forever that day. We asked each of them three questions.
Here are the answers, in their own words.
Where were you when the bridge collapsed?
In a Honda Minivan with my wife Paula and two children, Brianna and Brandi. On the north end of the bridge, three cars from getting off the bridge. Fell 65 feet and landed on the roof.
How did it impact your life?
Fractured five vertebrae in my back and neck. Spent three months in a back and neck brace. Wake up every day with lots of stiffness. Lost quite a bit of mobility in neck movement.
And where are you now? (physically and emotionally)
Still get a little emotional when I think of that day and how it affected so many lives. Have spent a lot of time helping my wife after she has had many surgeries to help correct some of her injuries from the accident.