Ten survivors sat down with KARE 11 to share where they were that day, how it affected them, and where they are now.
Minneapolis city leaders, first responders, and survivors of the I-35W bridge collapse gathered Tuesday to mark 10 years since the tragedy.
I know that God saved my life that day. This was one of the first moments I can remember knowing that God loved me and had a plan for my life.
It’s taught me the value of living every day to the fullest and investing myself into relationships and my community. I
I have a greater appreciation of life because I realized that everything can change in an instant.
I suffered a brain injury. I probably have had 40-45 surgeries in the last 10 years. For the most part I feel that I’m a healthy person. I can’t run anymore. We’re a close family to begin with, and I think it has brought us closer.
Physically, I have pain every day. PTSD. I was going over a bridge that had construction one time and it sent me into a straight panic attack.
I was driving southbound, home to Minneapolis. My car was in the left lane and near the center of the bridge when it collapsed.
We started looking around, and all of the sudden, it just dropped. It’s kind of a blur from there.
I still find myself feeling emotional around the beginning of August because the anniversary of the bridge collapse is Aug. 1 and my mother's birthday (who passed away 14 years ago) is Aug. 4.