Patrick Noel Kele Teel July 13, 2011. Interests. The Travel channel rated the Sunshine skyway bridge as number 3 in its special “10 top bridges” in the world.
July 13, 2011
The Original Sunshine Skyway Bridge was built in 1950 and was completed in 1954 with a gala grand opening ceremony on labor day weekend of that year.
The Original bridge was damaged by a large freight ship in 1980, the bridge was later than removed.
Early on the morning of May 9, 1980, 35 people were killed when the Sunshine Skyway bridge collapsed.
Twenty-six of the victims of the Sunshine Skyway collapse were passengers on a Greyhound bus.
Six cars and one pickup truck also plummeted from the Sunshine Skyway bridge when it collapsed.
Only one person who went over the edge survived -- Wesley MacIntire, the driver of the pickup. He died in 1989.