It was with great horror that I learned of the bridge collapse in Minnesota. A rush of thoughts steamrolled through my mind. What a devastating loss! For as long as I can remember, anytime I’d cross a bridge a fleeting fear of just this sort of incident would register in the back of my mind. Why did the structure fail? Were appropriate preventive maintenance measures performed? How many people were hurt…or worse?

That last thought made me pause and come back to the first thought. It then occurred to me. The time to reflect can come later.

Real people, for doing nothing more than getting from one place to another, lost their lives. Countless others who did survive will undoubtedly have this event imprinted in their minds for the rest of their lives.

Before the finger pointing starts, before the lessons are learned, before the political grandstanding gets nauseating, let us take a moment to remember the victims.

My heart goes out to those who were on the bridge at that fateful moment. My thoughts are with their families. The City of Minnesota is in my prayers.

2 Responses to “Taking a Moment to Remember the Victims in Minnesota”

  1. pelf says:

    Here in Malaysia, we experience failed bridges too. But I think the most innocent victims would be those hurt or killed when the light rail transit (or what we call the LRT) runs off its course and eww…

  2. Pelf, we have a light rail transit system here in New Jersey as well. Since these light rail trains are still new, I don’t worry as much about them as I do about decades-old bridges. But I do find myself double and triple checking for those quiet trains whenever I cross light rail tracks.

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