Bridge stories: 5 years later, survivors revisit I-35W collapse

In the five years since the I-35W bridge fell into the Mississippi River, the span has been rebuilt, most of the lawsuits have been settled and a memorial has been constructed. But pain, grief and memories linger for survivors. Here are a few of the memorable stories from that day.
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It's been five years, but memories are still fresh. Many recall where they were the day they heard the news that the Interstate 35W bridge had fallen into the Mississippi River.

For the survivors, the memories are vivid, aches and pains are a daily reminder, and the grief lingers.

Here are some words and images that memorialize the events of Aug. 1, 2007:

The Pioneer Press shares five stories from five years later, including that of Gary Babineau, who helped dozens of students who scrambled to escape a school bus.

St. Paul poet Todd Boss crossed the Interstate 35W bridge without a thought 20 minutes before it collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007, the Star Tribune reports. He’s been thinking about it ever since. To honor the 13 killed and to mark the tragedy, Boss wrote 35 poems, called “Fragments for the 35W Bridge,” part of an installation at the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.

WCCO has the story of Saiku Kanneh, one of the children on the precariously perched school bus, then 11 and now a high school student. He has struggled through therapy and nightmares.

Video from that day dramatically captured the tragedy:

Here's the MnDOT camera that was pointed at I-35 away from the bridge, but it then slowly, eerily pans over to the fallen span.

This is a view of the fall from an Army Corps of Engineers camera:

Fifteen who were there share their chilling stories:

WCCO's coverage just as the story broke:

CNN had special coverage the next morning:

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