12-11-12 Silver Bridge collapse marks 45th anniversary

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — December marks the 45th anniversary of a deadly chapter in West Virginia history.

On Dec. 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge spanning the Ohio River at Point Pleasant collapsed with 37 vehicles on the bridge. Thirty-one vehicles went down with the bridge, killing 46 people. Twenty-one people escaped injury or were rescued from the river.

Federal, state and local organizations worked 16 days during the rescue and recovery operation.

The Silver Bridge, so named because it was the first bridge in the area to be painted with aluminum paint, had been designed by the J. E. Greiner Company of Baltimore. The bridge was built by the American Bridge Company of Pittsburgh and opened to traffic on May 19, 1928.
The West Virginia Encyclopedia will include a special feature about the Silver Bridge collapse on December 15 — www.wvencyclopedia.org/articles/419 .

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