MacArthur Maze Meltdown
I don't know about you, but I think it takes some balls to be walking
underneath a collapsed structure like an overpass weighing the tons of
weight in concrete and rebar and whatever else these interchange / overpass
structures are made of. That guy is just plain crazy to me, but then again,
if you happen to be a Structural / Civil Engineeer, I guess you know what
you are doing...
This is another picture in my driving and flicking series at the MacArthur
Maze collapse that occurred this morning at the 80/580 interchange in
Oakland/ Emeryville CA. I took this while standing through the sunroof of a
moving car on an overpass adjacent to this disaster area.
Just to recap as to the cause of the freeway collapse: This occurred at approx.
4AM Sunday morning, April 20th. An oil tanker driver carrying 8,600 gallons
of gasoline lost control and smashed into the guard rail, the tanker ruptured,
causing a fire so intense it collapsed two sections of this interchanged onto
each other, and then to the ground below.
The only known injury was to the driver of the oil tanker, who suffered
second degree burns to his face and arms. CA Highway patrol officers
believe speed played a factor in the crash. This incident will disrupt the
commute for over 280,000 daily commuters. It is one of the busiest
interchanges in the Nation. The last disaster to hit this freeway was the
1989 Loma Prieta earthqauke.