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Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2007

KU freshman uninjured in collapse

Cole Aldrich

Cole Aldrich

August 2, 2007

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Kansas University freshman basketball player Cole Aldrich and his loved ones were safe and sound in their hometown of Bloomington, Minn., Wednesday night - about 20 miles from the bridge that collapsed on I-35 and sent cars tumbling into the Mississippi River.

"Everyone is alive and well," reported Walter Aldrich, father of Cole, who as of 9 p.m. Wednesday had not heard of any friends or family involved in the tragedy. "All we heard is the bridge collapsed. We're watching it on TV like everybody else."

Walter Aldrich is a construction worker who has traveled over the bridge "many times."

"I am a volunteer fireman," he reported, "but I haven't received any calls to go out there. From what I can see they have plenty of trucks out there, and I'm not needed."

He was hoping traffic over the bridge was less heavy than normal at the time of the collapse.

"I'm hoping a lot of people took alternate routes because of the construction out there," he said. "It's a very serious situation."

The bottom line?

"Tell everybody we are fine," Aldrich concluded.

Comments

Fairness952 7 years, 4 months ago

It's a sad commentary on the Journal-World and its sports staff that someone thought this was a meaningful news angle on yesterday's tragedy in Minneapolis. Walt Aldrich must have hung up the phone wondering what his son has gotten himself into by playing basketball for KU.

happyhovel 7 years, 4 months ago

As a former resident of Minneapolis, and one who also drove/walked across that bridge a billion times, I'm sitting here on pins and needles. I've e-mailed every friend I have there, begging them to write to me and let me know they're OK.

There are lots of transplants here in Lawrence wondering the same thing. I think the LJW was just looking for a Lawrence connection to the story, as most newspapers do, and sports seems to be a common denominator for the masses. Not defending them (I dislike sports myself), just sayin'.

inatux 7 years, 4 months ago

I agree. What an odd angle. But, that's why newspapers are dying.

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