Skyway Bridge Disaster Memorial To Be Unveiled



A memorial will be unveiled Saturday morning honoring 35 people who died in the May 9, 1980 Skyway Bridge disaster.

It was on that day that a massive ship slammed into a concrete bridge support holding up the southbound span during a storm.

The impact caused the center section of the bridge to collapse, taking cars, trucks—even a Greyhound bus with it into the water below.

35 years later, a four foot granite monument will take its place in the north rest area of the bridge.

A ceremony is at 11 a.m.

The new Sunshine Skyway Bridge opened in 1987 with safety features that will keep a disaster like that from happening again.