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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Golden Gate Bridge's Craziest Day in Recent Memory

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 2:45 PM

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Yesterday we reported that bridge district spokeswoman Mary Currie didn't have time for our questions about the crash on the Golden Gate Bridge. She called back today to explain why, and as it turns out, she had a sort-of good reason. Yesterday was one of the craziest days on the Golden Gate Bridge that Currie can remember in her 20 years of service. 

First, there was the four-car crash that injured two and stopped traffic for the better part of an hour. Additionally, a passenger on a stalled Golden Gate transit bus had a panic attack. Soon after, another fender-bender occurred south of the bridge's toll plaza. Then, about an hour later, a distraught man scampered up to the top of the south tower. And how was your morning?  

Additionally, at the moment we rang up Currie, she was about to go live on KCBS. "Our heads were spinning," she said. 

In the end, everybody turned out to be more-or-less fine. Those curious about every little detail of the initial crash can parse this diligent account reported by the SF Appeal/Bay City News. But, basically, traffic subsided after about an hour, the injuries turned out to not be serious, and the person with the panic attack regained composure. The guy on the tower was talked down in 15 minutes.

After it was all over, Currie and other employees of the Golden Gate Bridge District were still feeling the adrenaline rush, but proceeded to enjoy the clear, sunny day. "I had not seen the bridge in its full glory for month," Currie said.

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