Disasters

A man wearing a police hat and uniform stands near the edge of the roadway where the Silver Bridge collapsed. He looks out onto the Ohio River, where a floating crane is working.

The Silver Bridge Collapse

It was a Christmastime nightmare. The 1,750-foot-long Silver Bridge soared 102 feet above the Ohio river. On Dec. 15, 1967, it was bumper-to-bumper traffic as cars and trucks hurried home from work or a day of Christmas shopping. Then, at about 5 p.m., the unthinkable happened …

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