Highway Collapse

This is not my picture...it's from the internet.

 

This is what one of our major freeway interchanges looks like this morning. A tanker truck filled with gasoline overturned as it was going around this curve Sunday morning, and it exploded, melting the freeway & steel so much that it collapsed & fell onto the freeway below. Unbelievably, no one was killed, including the truck driver.

 

This highway is cruicial to traffic flow in the entire bay area, and coincidentally is the exact one Kellie takes to get from home to work & back every day. Needless to say, she's taking mass transit today to & from work to avoid the craziness of traffic jams anticipated. But as luck would have it, everyone has taken mass transit today, and the traffic problems were minimal. Governor Ahhh-nold Schwarzenegger has declared a "state of emergency" for the area, and one of the benefits is that the state is paying for at least one day of free public transportation to get people off the roads so traffic isn't snarled constantly. So Kellie's trip today was completely free.

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Taken on April 30, 2007