Three spans for the price of one

Thursday, September 9, 2004

The span of the old Mississippi River bridge closest to the Missouri side came down as planned in an explosion after 7 a.m. this morning in Cape Girardeau. What wasn't planned was for the remaining spans over the middle of the river and towards Illinois also to fall. The Mississippi River stands closed for barge and other river traffic while the details of clearing the channel are determined.

Hundreds of observers watched in fascination, exhileration and, in some cases, dismay, as the two additional spans jacknifed into the water. One of the piers also partially fell into the water.

For more details, photos, and video, check back to this site and read Friday's Southeast Missourian newspaper.

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