An accident waiting to happen

One of Minnesota's top cops looks back at the tragic I-35W Mississippi River Bridge Collapse


     Eventually, all of the missing were recovered, with no injuries sustained by the divers despite the danger. Storms credits the spirit of cooperation between agencies, a clear sense of mission and putting safety first with making the effort run smoothly. Looking back, he says that divers from different area agencies have always had one another's backs and, he believes, that makes all the difference.

     "The biggest part is that it all comes down to relationships you build in law enforcement prior to the event," Storms says. "We never forecast a bridge collapse within our county, but we helped out numerous agencies. When [the collapse occurred] we all became one large law enforcement community."

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