PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Thursday marks 39 years since the catastrophic Sunshine Skyway Bridge collapse, one of the darkest days in Tampa Bay history.
On May 9, 1980, the freighter Summit Venture struck the bridge during a thunderstorm and tore away a large part of the span.
Thirty-five people were killed, most of which were aboard a Greyhound bus that toppled into the water. Six cars and a pickup truck also plunged into the water. The driver of the pickup, Wesley MacIntire, was the only one to survive after his truck fell onto the freighter’s deck before hitting the water.
The bridge was demolished and the new Sunshine Skyway Bridge was finished in 1987.