Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 11, 2012 10:11 AM EST
Eyewitness News Photo
Point Pleasant, Mason
, Athens County
, West Virginia
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 West Virginia Encyclopedia will include a special feature about the Silver Bridge collapse on Dec. 15.
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