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I-35W Bridge Collapse Survivor Writes Book on His Experience

Garrett Ebling, who lived in Minnetonka at the time of the incident, pens "Collapsed: A Survivor's Climb From the Wreckage of the I-35W Bridge."

On Aug. 1, 2007, from a work lunch. He was driving over the I-35W bridge when, before he knew it, the road was shaking and his car was falling into the Mississippi River.

Ebling survived, but narrowly. He suffered brain trauma, many broken bones and a shattered face. Thirteen people died in the collapse

In Collapsed: A Survivor's Climb From the Wreckage of the I-35W Bridge, Ebling tells the story that he says has been missing from the investigations and the political debates—the story of the survivors. He writes firsthand accounts of the survivors' triumphs and setbacks, from their experiences on the day of the collapse to their battle for recovery.

In July 2011, in Blaine.

“I wanted to find something I could do that was active. I was so injured and inactive for so long,” Ebling told Minnetonka Patch last July. “This was about proving to myself that I can be active even though I have aches and pains as a result of the bridge collapsing.”

Patch readers have been sharing their memories of the experience. Tell us yours by clicking on the link above.

Cindy Valez August 01, 2012 at 01:18 PM
how do i get a copy of the book?
Kevira Voegele (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Hi Cindy. Click on the part in the story that says "Collapsed: A Survivor's Climb From the Wreckage of the I-35W Bridge." That will bring you to the website for the book, where you can order it.

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