13 seconds in August – the 35W bridge collapse

13 seconds in August – the 35W bridge collapse

They were stuck in Minneapolis traffic on their way home from work.

They were bound for the Metrodome to see the Twins play the Royals. They were going to spend time with in-laws, work out, pick up a child from the sitter, teach a folk dancing class, eat at an African restaurant, deliver a truckload of bread to Iowa. Alongside the cars were workers in hard hats, laying down a new surface of concrete on a nondescript 40-year-old highway bridge.

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