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60 Moments: Silver Bridge Collapse

Thousands of drivers cross the Ohio River on one of its many bridges everyday without giving it a second thought.

But for one community, crossing the mighty Ohio brings back memories that run deeper than the river itself.

It was 1967 just 10 days before Christmas when a suspension chain broke sending the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, W.Va crashing into the cold waters of the Ohio River. The sound echoed through the valley as the steel structure, more than 50 cars and 46 lives disappeared into the waters below.

For those who lived this disaster, December 15 is more than a day marked by sadness. It's a day if reliving the chilling memories of one of this nation's biggest bridge tragedies that gave a new focus and attention to bridge inspections.

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