Woman recalls saving oncoming traffic from 1987 Thruway bridge collapse

Sherry Kline, with her husband Phil, son Jeffrey, and father Marlin Stanley, went to check out flooding 35 years ago. Then they got to the Thruway overpass.

Her father noticed something very wrong. The bridge had just collapsed, and the guardrails were still attached across the void and waving.

Then they started to hear oncoming traffic, and rushed to warn drivers, who were speeding toward the gap.

Luckily, a passing tractor-trailer driver managed to get his truck stopped and parked so that no one else would go by him. However, it was sadly too late for the cars that were already in the water.

Hear Kline discuss her vivid memories from that day by watching the video of Kumi Tucker’s story.