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The Silver Bridge after its main spans fell into the Ohio River.

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Residents of Mason County, W.Va., and Gallia County, Ohio, lost dozens of friends and loved ones Dec. 15, 1967, just before sundown at 5 o’clock. Loss, of course, was the most tragic and immediate impact after the collapse of the Silver Bridge.

A fractured eyebar that helped suspend the bridge caused the nearly 1,800-foot structure to collapse into the Ohio River.

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