The Mystery of the Mothman Bridge
Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at 9 pm ET, Mack Maloney, Juan-Juan of Mack Maloney’s Military X-Files talk to paranormal researcher, lecturer and TV personality, Marc D’Antonio. Switchblade and Emily M report on the 50-year-anniversary of the collapse of the Silver Bridge, a disaster some link to the famous Mothman sightings. Meanwhile, Juan-Juan continues his secret mission.
The History Behind Silver Bridge aka Mothman Bridge
The Silver Bridge was an eyebar-chain suspension bridge built in 1928 and named for the color of its aluminum paint. The bridge carried U.S. Route 35 over the Ohio River, connecting Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Gallipolis, Ohio.
On December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge collapsed while it was full of rush-hour traffic, resulting in the deaths of 46 people. Two of the victims were never found. Investigation of the wreckage pointed to the cause of the collapse being the failure of a single eyebar in a suspension chain, due to a small defect 0.1 inches (2.5 mm) deep. Analysis showed that the bridge was carrying much heavier loads than it had originally been designed for and had been poorly maintained.
The collapsed bridge was replaced by the Silver Memorial Bridge, which was completed in 1969.
The Mothman Prophecies book relates Keel’s accounts of his investigation into alleged sightings of a large, winged creature called Mothman in the vicinity of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, during 1966 and 1967. It combines these accounts with his theories about UFOs and various supernatural phenomena, ultimately connecting them to the collapse of the Silver Bridge across the Ohio River on December 15, 1967. Official investigations in 1971 determined it was caused by stress corrosion cracking in an eyebar in a suspension chain.
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