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Ten survivors sat down with KARE 11 to share where they were that day, how it affected them, and where they are now.
10 years after the I-35W bridge collapse, a nurse and doctor at the University of Minnesota Medical Center look back on that day.
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.
“I still miss Scott every day. I still think about him every day,” says Betsy Sathers. “We can all do tough things, and it’s not my first choice. It’s not what I planned in life, but life can still be wonderful.”
As they were lifting me I remember turning around to look behind me all I saw was smoke then I saw a big gap between the start of the bridge and end of the bridge.The whole middle section of the bridge was gone, and some parts floating in the middle of the river with cars and people still on them.
Don't take anything for granted and never leave anything unsaid because you never know what can happen and family is so important.
All of the sudden it was like someone took a blanket and lifted it up. We were like free falling. And we went up again and we slammed down again.