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By Bill DeYoung

On the morning of could nine, 1980, harbor pilot John Lerro was once guiding a 600-foot freighter, the Summit Venture, into Tampa Bay. without delay within the ship’s course used to be the light Skyway Bridge--two ribbons of concrete, metal, and asphalt that crossed fifteen miles of open bay. without warning, a violent climate mobilephone diminished visibility to 0 on the exact second while 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 autos and a Greyhound bus fell over the damaged part and into the churning water lower than. Thirty-five humans died.

Skyway tells the total tale of this bad occasion, from the conditions that led as much as it throughout the years-long felony complaints that undefined. via own interviews and wide examine, invoice DeYoung items jointly the harrowing moments of the collision, together with the first-person tales of the survivors, and recollects these whose lives have been reduce brief by way of the occasions of that fateful day. equally, DeYoung info the downward spiral of Lerro’s lifestyles, his vilification within the days and weeks that the coincidence, and his obsession with the tragedy good into his painful final years.

DeYoung additionally deals a background of the ill-fated bridge, from its building in 1954, throughout the addition of a moment parallel span in 1971, to its eventual alternative. He discusses the sinking of a Coast shield cutter a trifling 3 months earlier than Skyway collapsed and the dep. of Transportation’s dire warnings in regards to the bridge’s situation. the result's a vividly particular portrait of the increase and fall of a Tampa Bay landmark.

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