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Man Recalls Being on the Bay Bridge as the Deadly Loma Prieta Earthquake Hit 30 Years Ago

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Published on October 18, 2019 - Duration: 01:28s

Man Recalls Being on the Bay Bridge as the Deadly Loma Prieta Earthquake Hit 30 Years Ago

Three decades ago, disaster struck in the Bay Area.

The 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake killed 63 people, destroyed thousands of homes, toppled a freeway in Oakland and took out a portion of the Bay Bridge.

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Man Recalls Being on the Bay Bridge as the Deadly Loma Prieta Earthquake Hit 30 Years Ago

THE BAY BRIDGE WHEN ITCOLLAPSED 40S.

CHRISTY GROSZHAS MORE ON HIS STORY.HAS MORE ON HIS STORY.OCTOBER 17TH 1989 ON THISOCTOBER 17TH 1989 ON THISDATE DISASTER STRUCK THE SIXDATE DISASTER STRUCK THE SIXPOINT NINE LOMA PRIETAPOINT NINE LOMA PRIETAEARTHQUAKE ROCKED THE BAYEARTHQUAKE ROCKED THE BAYAREA KILLING 63 PEOPLEAREA KILLING 63 PEOPLEDESTROYING THOUSANDS OF HOMESDESTROYING THOUSANDS OF HOMESTOPPLING THE SAMPRAS BRIDGETOPPLING THE SAMPRAS BRIDGESTRUCTURE IN OAKLAND ANDSTRUCTURE IN OAKLAND ANDTAKING OUT A PORTION OFSTRUCTURE IN OAKLAND ANDTAKING OUT A PORTION OFTHE BAY BRIDGE.

SOMETHINGTAKING OUT A PORTION OFTHE BAY BRIDGE.

SOMETHINGTHE BAY BRIDGE.

SOMETHINGLIKE IT WAS SCARY AND SCARYLIKE IT WAS SCARY AND SCARYIMAGINE THAT.

V MARINE WAS ONIMAGINE THAT.

V MARINE WAS ONBOTH THE CYPRESS STRUCTURE INBOTH THE CYPRESS STRUCTURE INTHE BAY BRIDGE THAT DAY ANDBOTH THE CYPRESS STRUCTURE INTHE BAY BRIDGE THAT DAY ANDSOMEHOW MADE IT HOME.THE BAY BRIDGE THAT DAY ANDSOMEHOW MADE IT HOME.SOMEHOW MADE IT HOME.THE TOLL TAKER AND GATETHE TOLL TAKER AND GATENUMBER 20 CAME IN I WASNUMBER 20 CAME IN I WASHAVING TROUBLE WITH CLOSE TOHAVING TROUBLE WITH CLOSE TOA MINUTE BECAUSE THERE WASA MINUTE BECAUSE THERE WASNOBODY ON THE ROAD AT ANDNOBODY ON THE ROAD AT ANDLAST THING I TOLD HIM BEFORELAST THING I TOLD HIM BEFOREI LEFT.

I SAID I FEEL LIKE II LEFT.

I SAID I FEEL LIKE IONCE HAD FOR MY OWN FUNERAL.ONCE HAD FOR MY OWN FUNERAL.THE ANNOYANCE SAYS IT WASN'TTHE ANNOYANCE SAYS IT WASN'TLONG AFTER HE GOT ON THE BAYTHE ANNOYANCE SAYS IT WASN'TLONG AFTER HE GOT ON THE BAYBRIDGE WHEN HE SAYS HE FELTLONG AFTER HE GOT ON THE BAYBRIDGE WHEN HE SAYS HE FELTBRIDGE WHEN HE SAYS HE FELTLIKE HE SUDDENLY HAD FOURLIKE HE SUDDENLY HAD FOURFLAT TIRES AND THEN HEARD ALIKE HE SUDDENLY HAD FOURFLAT TIRES AND THEN HEARD ALOUD BANG AND A BIGFLAT TIRES AND THEN HEARD ALOUD BANG AND A BIGLOUD BANG AND A BIGAFTERSHOCK WHEN I WAS RIGHTAFTERSHOCK WHEN I WAS RIGHTIN THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHAFTERSHOCK WHEN I WAS RIGHTIN THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHRISE AND THAT BRACE WASIN THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHRISE AND THAT BRACE WASRISE AND THAT BRACE WASSWINGING I WAS SCARED HE SAYSSWINGING I WAS SCARED HE SAYSA MILLION THINGS WENT RUNNINGA MILLION THINGS WENT RUNNINGTHROUGH HIS MIND SO HE USEDTHROUGH HIS MIND SO HE USEDHIS CAR PHONE TO CALL HISTHROUGH HIS MIND SO HE USEDHIS CAR PHONE TO CALL HISDAUGHTER AND TO TRY TO CALMHIS CAR PHONE TO CALL HISDAUGHTER AND TO TRY TO CALMDAUGHTER AND TO TRY TO CALMHIMSELF DOWN.

OH MY GOD.

OHHIMSELF DOWN.

OH MY GOD.

OHMY GOD.

IT'S LIKE IF YOU EATMY GOD.

IT'S LIKE IF YOU EATTHE WAR YOU HAVE IT.

YOU HAVETHE WAR YOU HAVE IT.

YOU HAVEA GUN BUT YOU GO ON A MISSIONA GUN BUT YOU GO ON A MISSIONYOU'RE HELPLESS YOU'REYOU'RE HELPLESS YOU'REHELPLESS.

BEING AWAY AND SAYSHELPLESS.

BEING AWAY AND SAYSHE JUST KEPT DRIVING.

AND WASHE JUST KEPT DRIVING.

AND WASABLE TO GET OFF ON BRANDHE JUST KEPT DRIVING.

AND WASABLE TO GET OFF ON BRANDAVENUE IN SOUTH SAN FRANCISCOABLE TO GET OFF ON BRANDAVENUE IN SOUTH SAN FRANCISCOAVENUE IN SOUTH SAN FRANCISCOAND EVENTUALLY MADE IT HOMEAND EVENTUALLY MADE IT HOMESAFELY.

I WAS JUST FOCUSINGSAFELY.

I WAS JUST FOCUSING

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