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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

What, No Global Warming? Not Bush’s Fault?

Hey folks,

Not too much time this morning, but I noticed a lack of some information in this story by Reuters-China bridge death toll rises to 22 .

A road bridge under construction across a river in southern China collapsed, killing 22 people and injuring 22, state media reported on Tuesday, but witnesses expected the death toll to rise substantially.

At least 39 people were missing after the 320-metre (1,000-foot) concrete arc bridge spanning the Tuo river in Fenghuang county, Hunan province, collapsed on Monday during the evening rush hour, Xinhua news agency said.

Some 400 police had been sent to the scene to keep order, Xinhua said.

Pictures showed bulldozers and rescue workers picking through a massive pile of debris stretching between two hills at the banks of the river.

"I saw a lot of bodies lying on the road, some of them were construction workers, and some were passers-by ... blood was everywhere," Yang Shunzhong, a witness, told Reuters.

"A car was crushed flat under the bridge, it was so ruined that I could not even tell the size of the car," he said by telephone.

Police told Yang that they had found about 60 bodies, and more rescue workers were searching for the missing buried amid the ruins and in the river below.

Sounds sadly familiar.

State-run China Central Television reported the death toll at 22, but Yang said "people on the scene" told him it could rise much higher.

"A lot of women and children were on the scene, crying and looking for their families or friends," Yang added.

Just like in our Minneapolis disaster, I pray that those involved in this one, receive the peach and comfort they need, in this time.

It seems that it’s not just America with dangerous bridges.

A total of 123 workers were at the site of the 42-metre (138-foot) high bridge, which had been scheduled for completion this month, Xinhua said.

They had been "dismantling steel scaffolding erected during the construction process" at the 12 million yuan ($1.58 million) bridge since mid-July, it added.

Part of the bridge collapsed across a highway linking Fenghuang county to an airport in neighboring Guizhou province's Tongren region, according to a notice posted on the local government Web site on Tuesday.

The accident was under investigation and police had detained a construction manager and a "project supervisor" for questioning, the agency said.

Hunan's provincial governor, Zhou Qiang, and vice-governor Xu Xianping were on their way to the site, it added.

The bridge's collapse came as state media reported that China would fix more than 6,000 damaged or dangerous bridges across the country. A bridge collapse in June in the southern province of Guangdong killed nine people.

An editorial in the China Daily warned that thousands of the country's bridges had been categorized as "unsafe."

"If left unrepaired these bridges may crumble at any time, wreaking economic havoc and possibly claiming human lives."

It’s Global Warming! It’s all Bush’s fault. He would rather spend all this money in Iraq. He doesn’t seem to care about our infrastructure. He,,, oh wait,, wrong country. Uh, never mind. But if he wasn’t sending all this money to this failed war in Iraq, then he would have it to help the Chinese. So, it’s STILL his fault. Right?

Truth is folks, accidents happen. When they do, we need to investigate them and see how we can prevent them from happening in the future. If you notice the common thing with ALL these? They were working on the bridge at the time. I don’t know, maybe we should be looking into HOW to repair bridges?

If you have many occurrences, like in criminal investigations, many crimes, you look for common denominators. An MO. What is the same in all situations. Well, in this case, it seems to be bridge repair itself. Instead of political spin, let's look into fixing our problems with OUR bridges. This is a perfect example of accidents happen everywhere.

The sad thing is, when they happen outside the US, they are accidents. Inside the US, they are Bush’s fault. Or of course if that doesn’t work, then it’s YOUR fault. Global Warming. YOU caused it, because you are an evil and selfish person.


D.S.Harford said...

Considering the number of bridges we have in this country, The failure rate is very slight. Most bridge failures or partial failures are due to outside accidents such as earthquakes, boats ramming piers etc. When one does happen The investigations into the cause are massive and are done to improve our knowledge of bridge safety. From intial design to constuction to maintenace this country is the best in the world.
Our only REAL problem is the yellow journalism and political exploitation of tragic accidents.

Peter said...

Hey my friend,

Our only REAL problem is the yellow journalism and political exploitation of tragic accidents.