By Jody Brumage
This Friday marks the fiftieth anniversary of the tragic collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, a historic city along the Ohio River in West Virginia. On December 15, 1967, in the middle of the evening rush, the forty-year-old bridge suffered a catastrophic fracture in one of its steel suspension chain links, causing the full length of the roadway to collapse into the Ohio River in a matter of 20 seconds, taking with it 46 victims who lost their lives. The horrible accident struck hard at the close community of Point Pleasant, but it also had vital ramifications for the entire country.
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