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VIDEO VAULT: 1967 Silver Bridge Collapse

By: Mike Waterhouse Email
By: Mike Waterhouse Email

The bridge collapse along Interstate 35 in Minnesota has many in our region thinking of the Silver Bridge Collapse that happened in Point Pleasant in 1967.

It happened on December 15, 1967. 46 people were killed when the bridge fell into the Ohio River at about 5:15pm.

West Virginia governor Hullett Smith learned of the tragedy while in a meeting of the board of public works.

Investigators later found that the bridge's eyebar pin was worn, corroded, and had not been inspected in years.

A bridge in St. Marys, West Virginia, designed identically to the Silver Bridge, was closed immediately. It was later replaced.

A new bridge across the Ohio River was built at nearby Henderson, WV. It was dedicated two years to the day after the Silver Bridge collapse.

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