Bridge collapse in 1967 brings back memories
Postings recalling the deadly Silver Bridge collapse in Point Pleasant on Dec. 15, 1967, stirred recollections of the tragedy for many Tri-State residents.
The bridge, which carried U.S. 35 over the Ohio River, fell into the river with dozens of cars on it at the time. Forty-six people were killed. The bridge’s collapse set into motion congressional hearings that led to the first national bridge inspection program.
Here are some comments from online readers:
Mildred Millie Farley Tomlinson: “I remember that day!!”
Jill Taylor Songer: ”... Me too. My dad had crossed it a few minutes before it collapsed. He heard the news on the radio on the way home.”
Mildred Millie Farley Tomlinson: ”...Small world! My dad had crossed it that day too!”
Janet Caudill: “I was working overtime at Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. in Huntington due to bridge falling. It was a sad day for everyone.”
Deb McClure: “I’ll remember that day, too. I was in Florida and I heard the announcement on the radio.”
Cecelia Herd: “Was such a sad day for so many families.”
Kathy Watkins Kirby: “I remember!”
Sheila Anderburn: “I remember this like it was yesterday. A neighbor was babysitting us so my mom and dad could attend a Christmas dinner. We heard it on the radio and not knowing where Point Pleasant was, we were terrified. Our parents were nowhere near there. I still feel sadness for all those killed, injured and lost that night.”
Phyllis Mills-Stamper: “Thank god my uncle was sick that day; he would have been there.”
Brenda Hair: “My Grandparents crossed it, and it fell just after they crossed. That was in 1967. In 1969 they were hit by a drunk driver and were both killed.”