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A bridge over the Mississippi River has fallen.As it gets near 10 pm EDT, the wire services are saying seven people are reported dead from the freeway bridge that fell into the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, about four hours ago.

Reuters is flashing the news around the world that “One hundred cars [are] missing in US bridge collapse.”

News channels on television are showing wall-to-wall images of the collapse.

It reminds me of the Silver Bridge collapse over the Ohio River at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, on December 15, 1967. In that tragedy, thirty-seven (37) cars and trucks were on the bridge when it fell, taking them into the water. Forty-six (46) individuals died, with 44 bodies found and two bodies never recovered.

Despite popular legend, no Mothman was seen that day, but the banshee-like link between the sightings of the previous 13 months and the Silver Bridge collapse will live forever due to The Mothman Prophecies book and movie.

I have not actually read the book or seen the movie but my habitual bedtime reading of Fortean Times magazine has familiarized me with the history of the Point Pleasant bridge collapse, and perhaps pathetically, when I heard about this bridge collapse the first thing I thought of was indeed Mothman.

Sounds like we’re thankfully not dealing with loss of life on the magnitude of the 1967 bridge collapse, though any loss of life is bad enough.