A decade after the I-35W leg collapse, survivor Kelly Kahle is a stay-at-home mom living with her four youngsters in Columbia Heights.

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Kelly Kahle was driving north on the interstate 35W bridge to a soccer video game on Aug. 1, 2007. It was another busy job on one of Minnesota's busiest highways near the end of rush hour.

Then she heard the leg rumble.

Suddenly, it appeared to her the the north end of the bridge was rising into the air. Instead, Kahle's ar of the bridge was plunging toward the Mississippi River.

"And then all of a sudden muddy water v bits the concrete fight the home window and I'm like, 'God you re welcome don't permit me dice by drowning. Ns don't desire to die that way,'" Kahle said. "And then all of sudden the cleared, and the auto is still and we're simply like, 'Get out, gain out. We have actually to gain out.'"

That unthinkable minute happened 10 years ago, today. Thirteen civilization died in the please of the I-35W bridge and also 145 to be injured. For those who made it through the fallen or came to rescue, the memories stay vivid, and also painful.


Ten years ago today, the unthinkable taken place in Minneapolis when the interstate 35W bridge, packed v cars, fell down into the Mississippi River. Survivors' memories stay vivid, and also painful.
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Some survivors suffered back injuries, mind injuries and other trauma. Several declined to be interviewed after a decade, saying they still like not come talk around it.

Kahle, miraculously, was unhurt. Her ar of the bridge was floating right-side-up in the water. Various other cars perched top top angled pieces of roadway on one of two people bank. Twisted steel extended the ground.

In archived interviews from 2007, survivors Jamie Winegar and also Melissa Hughes speak of feeling helpless as the bridge come down approximately them.

Winegar remembered "just emotion this boom, boom, and my husband to be saying, 'are girlfriend alright?' since it fell four times."

Said Hughes: "I make an oath I saw a building worker suspended in the air and just the feeling, that free-fall feeling. That felt favor we did that twice."


Sean McLoughlin was standing in a home he's refurbishing in southern Minneapolis top top July 17.
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Driving as much as the step on a side road instantly after the collapse, Sean McLoughlin claimed he was struck by the silence.

"There to be no sirens," he recalled. "I didn't see it go down, yet I gained there appropriate after, and I retained thinking, 'Doesn't everyone know about this? 'Isn't anybody going come come and help us?'"

McLoughlin was one of numerous who helped survivors out of stranded cars. Within minutes, emergency crews poured in native Minneapolis and surrounding cities. Responders brought boats and also diving equipment.

Chris Messerly is a lawyer who represented survivors and also victims' family members in lot of lawsuits after ~ the collapse. You didn't have to be top top the leg that day to be shaken, the said.

"A bridge should be safe. A bridge in America shouldn't just fall down," Messerly said. "To have a national and also even a global impact ~ above how world feel about the safety and security of our infrastructure is a far-ranging thing."

Following the collapse, the Minnesota room of Transportation increased staff for bridge inspections and also maintenance. An ext than 100 bridges lacking key design redundancies were retrofitted or replaced.


Kahle, a survivor, was, miraculously, unhurt in the leg collapse.

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The commonwealth Highway administration also amendment its security of state bridge inspections throughout the country.