August 01, 2007

Prayers for Minneapolis

As you are no doubt well aware of by now, the I35W bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed during rush our this evening.

Dozens of vehicles have fallen into the river or the ground below; others have been crushed by the falling span. As I write this, authorities are stating that they can confirm seven people have died, that more than 30 are injured, and that 20 people or more are thought to be missing.

My heart goes out to those who have loved ones involved in this disaster, and I ask those readers who are religious to please consider saying prayers for those involved in this disaster, their families, the first responders, and attending medical personnel.

Update: James Lileks is continuing to update the story.

Worth noting are the stories of the heroism of ordinary people amid the disaster, as many people nearby and on the bridge rushed to aid others.

From Lileks at 10:21 PM:

Iím listening to a story on the news about a man who survived the fall Ė then ran to help the kids on the bus. Iíd guess the fellow never considered what he might do in such a situation. Never thought about it much. Who would? But then you find yourself on a bridge thatís crashed down into the Mississippi, and youíre struggling with the seat belt buckle. It works , but your hands feel thick. Youíre alive Ė which doesnít seem that odd, really, youíve always been alive, so this is just different, but you have strange thoughts about insurance and a mad swirl of panic and thereís blood in your hair but you can stand Ė and then you see a school bus. So you go to the bus. Of course you go the bus.

Most of us would. Itís a remarkable instinct that wells up and kicks in, and itís something you never expected to experience. As someone said about humans: Weíre at our best when things are worst.

Would you have run to the bus? I'll answer for you: yes.

And from what I'm hearing, many did exactly that.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 1, 2007 11:15 PM

Courageously, Harry Reid has already blamed it on Bush.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at August 2, 2007 07:06 PM