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Victims and Injuries Suffered

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Victims - Tracy Johnson                                                                          


  • About 150 victims total (NPR)


13 dead


  • Sadiya Sahal, 22, was five months pregnant. Sahal and her daughter, Hana Sahal, 22 months, died in the bridge collapse.


  • Paul Eickstadt, 51, from Mounds View, MN.


  • Richard Chit was in a car with his mother, Vera Peck, when the bridge collapsed. Relatives said Richard Chit had Down syndrome, making him virtually inseparable from his mother.


  • Vera Peck was with her son Richard Chit when the bridge collapsed. Her body was recovered from the site days after her son's body was found.


  • Scott Sathers, 30, of Minneapolis was a husband, son, brother and friend to many. He was employed at Capella University.


  • Peter Hausmann, 47, was a computer security specialist. He called home while sitting in traffic, then the line went dead.


  • On Aug. 16, the Daughters of Penelope, a national Greek community group, issued a statement saying the body of Christina Sacorafas, 45, of White Bear Lake, was recovered.


  • Julia Blackhawk, 32, of Savage, MN.


  • Patrick Holmes, 36, from Mounds View, MN.


  • Sherry Engebretsen from Shoreview, MN.                                                          


  • Artemio Trinidad-Mena, 29, from Minneapolis, MN.











Survivor's Injuries


  • Brain injuries requiring 3 surgeries, removed part of skull to relieve pressure, heart stopped, CPR to revive, compressions broke ribs, collapsed lungs, broken back, bladder stopped working, memory loss, PT, OT
  • Extensive facial injuries, jaw broken in 3 places, shattered facial and nose bones, eye tissue bruising, tubes in brain and lung, broken leg, broken arm, colon & abdominal wall severed both legs below knees broken, complex fractures, reconstruction on legs, ankles, and feet, metal rod inside left tibia (shin), metal plates on the inside of both legs, the outside of the left leg, and talus (upper foot near ankle), more than 20 pins and screws in legs, ankles, and feet, 6 surgeries within four weeks of the collapse, blood transfusion, broken back, wheelchair bound for four months
  • 5 broken vertebrae, eye had to be reset, plastic put in cheek to rebuild it, head trauma
  • Head trauma, memory problems lasting 3 months after collapse
  • Broken coccyx (tail bone)
  • Degenerated disks
  • Compression injuries
  • Burst vertebrae
  • Multiple broken backs





Louwagie, Pam; Friedmann Jane; Shiffer James; Prast Rhonda. 13 Seconds in August. December 5, 2007. Startribune.com.

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