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Anyone remember this?
In 1989, Leslie Pluhar's 1987 Yugo plunged from the Mackinac Bridge more than 150 feet to the straits below.
Bottom line: It was a car accident that resulted in a single fatality.Usually such events don`t rate even a paragraph in big city newspapers, especially when they occur more than 285 miles away and
Interesting, never read the actual account of the accident but had heard the little yugo just blew over
Oh yeah - I grew up about 25 miles from St. Ignace and was 13 when this happened. There's a darn good reason why the speed limit is 45 on that bridge. And if it gets windy enough they won't let high-profile vehicles drive across - period.
Another side note - the one and only time I did the Labor Bridge walk, some drunk jack-ass tried doing a balancing act on the rail. He fell off the wrong side and it took a couple days to find him, too.
This post was edited by tv_is_over 2 years ago
oh i definitely remember that. I remember being told the wind was so strong it literally blew the Yugo over the side of the bridge. Guess that wasn't completely true lol.
Yeah, apparently this woman was driving like a complete idiot and lost control. The wind took care of the rest.
Wow, crazy you bring this up. That women that died was the woman that initially introduced my mom and dad to each other years before that accident.
Hmmm, the alternative would have been... Spooky
Wrong. The bridge in those days did not have the rail protection it does now. She had a light foreign made car that a big gust sent her swerving off the bridge. This accident spurred the addition of extra protection on the edge.
Haha - very true.
Wow I always just thought it was a myth.
What rail protection? The bridge hasn't changed since it opened. Same rail on the side that goes up about 3 or 4 feet.
1957 - http://mackinacbridge.org/images/photo-large/9.jpg
2000 - http://mackinacbridge.org/images/photo-large/DeckxLightxRemovalx7.jpg
looks like im mistaken, perhaps it was just more awareness of safe driving on the bridge in high winds conditions. Sorry, working off the vague memory of what my mom told me about her years ago.
edit- but cheers to you for wasting your time to prove me wrong to validate your asinine comments about something that effected my family deeply.
This post was edited by Serenity 2 years ago
It happened about a week after I arrived at State for the first time as a student.
Wow, then you downvote me. What a guy. Or was the downvote due to my bad grammar??? Either way, asshole
This was in my Michigan Mysteries book I devoured as a kid. She was going too fast, lost control, had a terrible car, and it was windy. Perfect storm.
No, I didn't downvote you. I just got back to my desk.
I think he downvoted you because you said something that was false and you said it like an asshole.
That's what I remember too
I'm a big fan of the Michigan-related mysteries books. And I remember this accident, even though I was very young. My parents were kind enough to bring it up a few years later as we were driving over the bridge en route to Marquette.
I am not sure if it actually happened or not but I saw in this article....
1990, a Senate committee recommended replacing the bridge's 36-inch high outer railing with a 48-inch railing that curves inward toward the bridge deck.
I had a roommate at MSU in 1987 that bought one, it was $3K brand new. He claimed it was a great deal on a brand new car.
The first time I was in it, I went to roll the passenger window down, the handle broke off in my hand.
The second time I was in it, I went to recline the passengger seat a bit, it broke, seat fell all the way back, wouldn't go back up.
That being said, I remember this story well. I am not a fan of heights, and I have driven that bridge dozens of times in all four seasons. I white knuckle it every time.
Worst was driving it in February 1990 coming back from Michigan Tech Winter Carnival. Drove over the bridge at 9 pm, brisk winds in a snowstorm. I had a pickup truck at the time with a cap on the back, didn't have any weight in the back of the truck. I slid the entire 5 miles across from side to side. I couldn't wait to get to the middle of the span where the steel grates are so I could get some traction and hear the roar from my tires.
Let's just say this incident where this car went over crossed my mind a few times while crossing the bridge that night.
This post was edited by Ron Jeremy 2 years ago
That's the way I remember it too. In fact, this came up in conversation a few months back, and the way 2 of us "remembered" it was that the Yugo just blew over the rail, and no one saw it, so it took a while to figure out what happened. A 3rd person "remembered" it that way too, but was sure that it was proven to be an urban legend.
Strange how the story took on a life of it's own when it seems that it was pretty well documented.
Mental note: downvote this asshole for being an asshole because he gets called out for being wrong tomorrow when I have more downvotes
Was driving up to iron river on an august day for my aunts funeral. Had the top down on my jeep wrangler and as I was getting further up north it was getting windy enough that I thought I'd stop and put the top up. I was 15 miles from the bridge so figured I'd do it in St ignace. Si was in the middle of the bridge on the grates and for whatever reason I decided to look straight up when I was under one of the towers. BAM I don't know if it was vertigo or whatever but something hit me and I got dizzy and my jeep swerved and went into the next lane and I was fighting the wind and I hit my brakes and thought I was going to puke. I'd crossed the bridge 100 times before. Since then I can't cross it without getting sweaty and sick. Now that I re-read that story I'd like to say a big eff you to the op, I'll be thinking about that the next time I go across it.
I guess she had really bad dandruff, They figured this out when they found her head and shoulders in water.
But in all seriousness I always thought this story was an urban legend.
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