It's Really a Small World After All

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This is a follow up to my last post "Funny Earthquake Story"...

The one image that I remember most from the 1989 earthquake was two cars dangling in the middle of the collasped section of the Bay Bridge when a span of the upper deck crashed onto the lower deck. Only one fatality was reported and the identity of the driver was a Middle Eastern woman but this fact was incorrectly reported.





A few years back, I heard two stories about two men who died when the upper deck collapsed to the lower deck which makes me believe the fatality on the bridge was under reported. The first story was told by my cousin's wife who knows the victim's family. The man lived in Oakland and was off work that day. His kids wanted to go to San Francisco to buy some stuff. Something happened and he decided to not take the kids with him so he went alone. He was on the Bay Bridge when span collasped and died in the car. I don't remember too much details about the second story other than the man died leaving three young kids behind.

It's a small world after all...the day after the 20th anniversary of the 1989 earthquake, my brother and his friends were joking around about what they were doing when the earthquake happened and all of a sudden, one of the friends' wife choked up and left the room. It dawned on them that it was the day her father died. Her father was the one that died leaving three young kids behind. She was eight years old and the youngest of the three kids. Soon after the father died, her mom went into a deep depression and lost her sanity. The mom has mental illness now and is on medication. The family was compensated by the bridge insurance but the money was mismanaged by the husband's siblings. My brother's friend only received a small sum of the compensation and the money was ill invested by the eldest brother. I only learned about this about a month ago.

I was in disbelief when my brother told me the story. Speechless as a matter of fact. His friend takes care of her mom and gives her medication everyday. She works fulltime and takes turn taking care of the mom with her other two brothers. When I hear what people endured and the pain they suffered, it really makes me grateful for what I have in life mainly my family.




Photo Credit: Bridge
Cars

15 comments:

Cheryl said...

What a tragic story! It makes me so very thankful for what I do have.

Ryhen said...

oh man, the story is somewhat depressing, but I guess you nailed the essence of thanksgiving. we should really be thankful for everything because other people somewhere out there are not as lucky or as fortunate as we are.

ladyviral said...

Such tragic... I wouldn't know what to do if I was in that situation. :/ It is always hard...

Gratitude said...

I believe pain and suffering is always meant to educate our minds to create awareness which hopefully, will lead to mindfulness on living a meaningful life, a life of loving kindness to all in need.

I wish them well. I wish you well. ^_^
+Ant+

KN said...

All the ups and downs I encountered in life, I'm glad I have my family, happy and healthy. Your brother's friend lost her dad at such a young age and now she takes care of her mom show what a wonderful lady she is.

KN said...

This thought just came to me. If I remember correctly, one of the two cars that were stuck in between the collapsed span was a man from Oakland. I don't think it was one fatality on the bridge, it was much more.

Dora said...

I'm very scared to read these kind of disastrous news. I pray for no fatality occurred whenever I read that.

Jane said...

I do remember this earthquake. Very scary and I also remember the freeway and bridge damages. My prayers to the lady who lost her father.

Rose Belle said...

@Cheryl - Makes me grateful for what I have too!

@Ryhen - Yup, whenever I hear about the misfortunes of others, makes me appreciate ever so more the things that I do have.

@Gratitude - Thanks for the enlightened comment.

@KN- Yeah, I think every San Franciscans remember this horrible day quite well.

@Dora - These kinds of news are depressing but again, I think bad things make it is realize and appreciate how precious life is.

@Jane - The freeway and Bay Bridge collapses are what people remember most because of the constant news converage after the earthquake.

Liz said...

Such a sad story. Like you, I feel there are so much to be thankful for. I feel so blessed that my family is complete.

Rose Belle said...

@Liz - when tragedy occurs, it makes people remember the non-monetary things in life like having ahappy and healthy family relationship and a complete family.

A Vecchioni said...

You have to feel for the wife of the man who died on the bridge. What a horrible, arbitrary thing to happen to a family. And three children.... It breaks your heart.

Cascia said...

That is scary. I'm glad I've never been in an earthquake.

Rose Belle said...

@Anthony - I think knowing that the kids also lost their mom emotionally was heart breaking. They grew up on their own.

@Cascia - You are lucky to live in a non-earthquake zone region.

Ebie said...

Oh,how tragic and a sad story.