40th Anniversary Of Bridge Collapse

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) - The director of a museum in Point Pleasant is working to preserve the accounts of witnesses to one of the worst bridge disasters in American history.

Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the Silver Bridge collapse, which killed 46 people.

Jack Fowler of the Point Pleasant River Museum is videotaping interviews with residents who remember that day, including witnesses and people who were on the bridge when it fell.

Fowler says it's important to get the testimony recorded for future use by historians and residents of the area.

This year, memories of the disaster are particularly sharp because of the August 1st bridge collapse in Minneapolis that killed 13.

Residents say that disaster brought back the shock and horror they felt on December 15th, 1967, when a joint in the Silver Bridge snapped, causing 35 cars and trucks to plunge into the Ohio River.

The disaster led to the first federal bridge inspection requirements in U.S. history.

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