Reflection on the Bridge Collapse

The following comment was left on our bridge collapse post by Kim who works with the Ramsey County Dive Team. I think Kim articulated very well what a great many of us are thinking.

You know, it seems human nature to always want come up with one person or thing to blame when something happens. I don’t care who is at fault. I don’t even care why it fell. No matter what answers we get, it doesn’t change that it happened. Just look at it this way, it could have been worse. We are lucky not all of the lanes were open with normal rush hour and Twins traffic. I work with the Ramsey County Dive Team and arrived down there with in an hour of it falling. As I arrived under the 10th street bridge, I couldn’t say anything. I didn’t know what to say. All I could think of was to take some pictures because I will never see this again. Silly isn’t it? I mean when you think about it. People just died, but I thought to take pictures…

The next day as we were diving on it, it was quiet aside from things settling on the parts of the bridge that were still in the air. No one really talked. I took some more pictures in between dives. It took until a couple days ago for me to let other people look at them. It didn’t feel right. I just had to question why I took the picutres or why to show them. I guess human nature wants to help remember and see things. My dad also works for MNDOT and took me to see things from on the 10th street bridge. I understand why it’s closed. You just want to look when you are up there. I hope they don’t open it until the channel is clear. Otherwise there will be accidents. That’s the weird thing about this. You just want to look, you don’t know why, but you want to look.
I guess all I can say is that I am sorry for those who lost someone they loved. For those who made it off, I am glad that (if you call it luck or god) something helped you make it home to your loved ones. I hope that maybe when you realize that you made it home safe to your loved ones, that it gives you a warm feeling everynight and makes you appreciate small things a little more.

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