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09/05/1980 Freighter collides with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge


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Archived WTVT coverage: Sunshine Skyway Bridge tragedy


Archived WTVT coverage: 1980 Sunshine Skyway Bridge disaster


Skyway Bridge disaster memorial

While negotiating a turn in the narrow channel during a storm, the radar failed, and the freighter struck one of the piers on the southbound span of the original Sunshine Skyway Bridge. 1,400 feet of the steel cantilever highway bridge collapsed, causing a Greyhound bus, and six other vehicles, to fall into the bay. A total of 35 people died.
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