Unluckiest Pass in the World

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, April 30th, 2007

We wonder why God seems to outright despise the MacArthur Maze. 18 years after heavy seismic retrofits from Loma Prieta, his Almighty decides that outright tanker fire is what’s needed to do the job.

Huge leaping flames from an exploding gasoline tanker melted the steel underbelly of a highway overpass in the East Bay’s MacArthur Maze early this morning, causing it to collapse onto the roadway below and virtually ensuring major traffic problems for weeks to come.

The elevated roadway that fell carried eastbound traffic from the Bay Bridge onto Interstates 580 and 980 and state Highway 24. It draped like a blanket over a roadway below, a connector from southbound I-80 to I-880 that also was severely damaged.

The single-vehicle crash occurred on the lower roadway when the tanker, loaded with 8,600 gallons of unleaded gasoline and heading from a refinery in Benicia to a gas station on Hegenberger Road in Oakland, hit a guardrail at 3:41 a.m.

Engineers said the green steel frame of the I-580 overpass and the bolts holding the frame together began to melt and bend in the intense heat– and that movement pulled the roadbed off its supports.

Didn’t those college dropout geniuses who made Loose Change already prove that heat can’t burn steel? Clearly the government has it out for the liberal blue states. That has to be it. But no, not even the lefties are going to bring out the real story. We’re just going to have to make our own hipster video with loose facts and logical fallacies. The media, always making us poor idiot students do all the truth-seeking.

Tanker fire destroys part of MacArthur Maze [SF Chronicle]
(Image from SF Chronicle)

Topics: Bay Area

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