By Bill DeYoung
On the morning of may possibly nine, 1980, harbor pilot John Lerro used to be guiding a 600-foot freighter, the Summit Venture, into Tampa Bay. without delay within the ship’s course was once the light Skyway Bridge--two ribbons of concrete, metal, and asphalt that crossed fifteen miles of open bay. without warning, a violent climate phone decreased visibility to 0 on the distinct second whilst Lerro tried to direct the 20,000-ton vessel beneath the bridge. not able to prevent or see the place he was once going, Lerro drove the send right into a aid pier; the most span splintered and collapsed a hundred and fifty toes into the bay. Seven vehicles and a Greyhound bus fell over the damaged facet and into the churning water under. Thirty-five humans died.
Skyway tells the full tale of this awful occasion, from the situations that led as much as it in the course of the years-long criminal complaints that undefined. via own interviews and broad study, invoice DeYoung items jointly the harrowing moments of the collision, together with the first-person tales of the survivors, and recalls these whose lives have been minimize brief via the occasions of that fateful day. equally, DeYoung info the downward spiral of Lerro’s existence, his vilification within the days and weeks that the twist of fate, and his obsession with the tragedy good into his painful final years.
DeYoung additionally deals a heritage of the ill-fated bridge, from its development in 1954, throughout the addition of a moment parallel span in 1971, to its eventual substitute. He discusses the sinking of a Coast protect cutter an insignificant 3 months sooner than Skyway collapsed and the dept of Transportation’s dire warnings in regards to the bridge’s situation. the result's a vividly precise portrait of the increase and fall of a Tampa Bay landmark.
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Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay's Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down by Bill DeYoung