PRESS Staff Report
On this day
Coast Guard and other officials inspect the damage to the Causeway on Sept. 15, 2001. Three support pillars collapsed into the water, along with a section of the bridge’s span over 200 feet long. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.)
South Padre Island City Manager Bill DiLibero speaks at a ceremony remembering those who died or were injured during the Queen Isabella Causeway collapse on Sept. 15, 2001. A tug boat pushing four barges collided with the bridge, resulting in 10 cars driving over the gap. Eight people died, including South Padre Island Fire Chief Robert Harris. Every year, the cities of Port Isabel and South Padre Island alternate the hosting of a memorial. This year, the ceremony was hosted by South Padre Island. (Courtesy photo).
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