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I-35w Bridge Collapse


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"A bridge shouldn't just fall down," Senator Amy Klobuchar said after the August 1, 2007, collapse of Minneapolis's I-35W eight-lane steel arch bridge, which killed thirteen motorists and left a collective wound on the city's psyche and infrastructure. On her way to soccer practice with a fellow teammate, Kimberly J. Brown experienced the harrowing collapse firsthand. Fortunately, she was one of the survivors. In The I-35W Bridge Collapse, Brown combines memoir and expose to provide a full account of the I-35W bridge collapse and its aftermath. Weaving together multiple linked narratives in continuous sections like an unbroken bridge deck, Brown recounts her harrowing personal account of the collapse of the bridge and the deaths of thirteen motorists who plunged 114 feet into the Mississippi River; her own injury, trauma, and healing through advocacy; her investigation and correspondence with Thornton Tomasetti engineers; the false official account of the collapse and the eventual acceptance of its real causes; the ongoing decay of America's bridges; and the continuing failure of leaders to address this widespread issue across the country. After nearly ten years of research, Brown can now answer the question that had been haunting her ever since the tragedy: what could've been done? This is the story of what happened to Brown, how it changed her life and so many others, and how it didn't have to happen.
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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsPrefaceThe I-35W Bridge CollapseAcknowledgmentsShall We GatherRemember the 13Bibliography

About the Author

Kimberly J. Brown is an IT technical writer. On August 1, 2007, she was one of the 180 people on the I-35W bridge when it collapsed. She is now an outspoken advocate for victims and survivors of the collapsed bridge.


"Brown tells an honest and compelling story. . . . Throughout, Brown makes a passionate plea to lawmakers and citizens nationwide to pay attention to our country's deteriorating bridges."--Lynne Diebel, author of Crossing the Driftless --Lynne Diebel (09/16/2017) "This is the most important book you will read this year. Kimberly Brown gets us by the collar and doesn't let us turn away, writing with lyric power about her experience surviving the I-35W bridge collapse. Her urgent search for the truth behind the 2007 collapse is mirrored by her own collapse and a revelatory portrait of living with PTSD. . . . How she repairs and what she uncovers will, justly, keep you up at night."--Patricia Weaver Francisco, author of Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery --Patricia Weaver Francisco (09/16/2017) "All over the country people were shocked and horrified as we watched the bridge fall. Most of us went on with our lives, but Kimberly Brown's first-person account as witness and survivor of the bridge collapse takes us deep into the emotional terrain of that day, and the years that followed; she also shares with her readers her investigation into the causes. A riveting story, powerfully told."--Deborah Keenan, creative writing program faculty emeritus at Hamline University and author of Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems --Deborah Keenan (09/16/2017)

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