35W Bridge Collapse In Minneapolis
Many of you have probably heard the news of yesterday evening's 35W bridge collapse near downtown Minneapolis.
To those of you that have sent emails to see if we are alright, thank you.
Our parent company, QBP, is currently checking to make sure all employees are accounted for. If anyone has been directly affected we will let you know when appropriate. All Salsa employees are accounted for at this time.
For those of you not familiar with the Twin Cities, 35W is a major route running north/south right through downtown. The bridge that collapsed crosses the Mississippi River and sees something like 140,000 vehicles a day. The collapse happened just after 6pm during the evening rush hour.
Because traffic was bumper to bumper, many vehicles went down with the bridge. Incredibly the death toll is not very high at this point, although it is certain to rise throughout the coming days as victims are found in the river. The debris and strong currents there will be make recovery very difficult. Please keep the families of the dead, injured, and missing in your thoughts and prayers at this time.
There are many, many photos coming out from this event. In one of them, a cyclist wearing an old Salsa team jersey can be seen climbing onto part of the fallen bridge in an effort. We don't know who the cyclist is but he has our thanks for stepping up to help in whatever manner he could.
In many ways this puts life in perspective. Take some time today to tell the folks that are important to you that you love them.
I hope you have a good day today.
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I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.