Sunday, April 29, 2007

Loose change deja voodoo

No thermite here or hidden explosive charges, just good old fashioned gasoline from a crashed tanker truck took this bad boy down this morning just outside of Oakland.

"The tanker carrying 8,600 gallons of gasoline ignited around 3:45 a.m. after crashing into a pylon on the interchange, which connects westbound lanes of Interstate 80 to southbound I-880, on the edge of downtown Oakland about half a mile from the Bay Bridge's toll plaza.

A preliminary investigation indicated the driver may have been speeding on the curving road, Cross said.

Witnesses reported flames rising up to 200 feet into the air. Heat exceeded 2,750 degrees and caused the steel beams holding up the interchange from eastbound I-80 to eastbound Interstate 580 above to buckle and bolts holding the structure together to melt, leading to the collapse, California Department of Transportation director Will Kempton said."

Read about it here


At 4/30/2007 1:17 PM, Blogger FunkyTown Fighter said...

Wow it's amazing nobody died! That thing is a mess like.......Shrub! LOL.................

At 4/30/2007 2:21 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Yeah, if shrub had a brain scan I bet it would look a lot like that. Or should I say "if shrub had a brain"

At 4/30/2007 7:15 PM, Blogger Kvatch said...

I does make absolutely clear how little it would take to paralyze the Bay Area. 18 years after Loma Prieta and we're still waiting on a replacement for the seismically unsound Bay Bridge eastern span.

At 5/01/2007 4:40 AM, Blogger steve said...

Paul, you gotta stop playing with matches.

At 5/01/2007 7:01 AM, Blogger Paul said...

Everything in moderation Steve.


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