This Day in History: Freighter Destroys Part of Florida’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge (1980)

This Day in History:
Freighter Destroys Part of Florida’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge (1980)

The original Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay was completed in 1954. A new southbound span was opened in 1971, but only nine years later, it was destroyed when the freighter Summit Venture collided with a support column during a storm, sending more than 1,200 ft (366 m) of the bridge plummeting into the bay. The collision caused several automobiles and a bus to fall 150 ft (46 m), killing 35 people. What tragedy had occurred within a mile of the bridge just months earlier? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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