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Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Deteriorating Infrastructure Puts Your Life At Risk!

We have the world's best infrastructure and it is falling apart rapidly.  And it is not some body else's problem.  It is your problem!!  Remember there was plenty of money to spend on Wall Street banks, but no money to spend to save your life.  Go figure!   And then do something about it.

Section of Wyoming highway where mother, 3 daughters killed may have been undermined by creek

By Associated Press, Published: July 20

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A raging creek may have eroded the dirt under a highway for hours before it gouged out a huge trench that pulled four members of a Colorado family to their deaths, a state Transportation Department spokesman said.
“Because we had a complete loss of roadway, it’s hard to say whether they’ll ever really be able to determine that is actually what happened,” spokesman Bruce Burrows said Wednesday. “But it’s somewhat likely that that did happen.”
He said highway engineers’ best guess is that the roughly 25-foot-wide, 9-foot-deep trench in the roadway was created sometime around 1 a.m. Tuesday, shortly before the Constantinides family approached in their 1991 Volkswagen camper van to flee a nearby campground in the dark.
The vehicle carrying Alex and Laurel Constantinides and their daughters — Hanna, 8, Zoey, 5, and Lucia, 2 — traveled about 75 yards downstream after falling into the breach sometime after 1:15 a.m., authorities say. Only Alex Constantinides, a Colorado Springs doctor, managed to escape from the van, which was submerged to its rooftop.
Minutes later, John Zeiger, the local emergency management coordinator who had responded to flash flooding from heavy rain that night, hit the same washout and plunged into South Brush Creek.
Firefighters rescued Zeiger and Constantinides about two hours later. Constantinides was treated at Carbon County Memorial Hospital in Rawlins and released Tuesday, while Zeiger remained there Wednesday in stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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