Monday, April 30, 2007

What does a traffic accident in California have to do with the WTC?

A section of overpass collapsed in California yesterday, the result of a gasoline tanker truck that caught on fire. The heat of the fire collapsed the section of freeway where the accident occurred.

The threat of a nightmarish morning commute led many Bay Area residents to use public transportation Monday, one day after a fiery tanker crash caused a heavily trafficked section of freeway to collapse.

Westbound traffic into the city largely flowed as usual Monday morning, except for drivers slowing on interchange lanes headed to the Bay Bridge to look at the damage.

But officials warned the afternoon drive would bring bigger headaches as traffic leaving the city is diverted away from the collapsed eastbound segment.

The elevated section of highway that carries motorists from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to a number of freeways was destroyed early Sunday when the heat of a burning gasoline tanker truck weakened part of one overpass, crumpling it onto another.
As I read this I could not help but flash back to the critics of the World Trade Center collapse who claim that the fire could not have weakened the steel structure enough to cause the building's failure.

Of course, it is easy to be a critic when you don't let the facts interfere with your prejudices.

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