. The span that connects East Vancouver and the North Shore collapsed while under construction at 3:40 p.m. on June 17, 1958. You can, B.C. Copyright 2018 Fraser Valley News Network (FVN), Chilliwack Giants Minor Football Cancels Remainder of 2020 Season, FVN AM News Monday November 2, 2020. This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. “It’s never going to go away,” said Poirier, tears in his voice. I hit the water at extreme speed,” he said. Only four months later, the great span's short life ended in disaster.

After 62 years, 91-year-old Lucien Lessard made one last trip Wednesday to speak at the annual memorial service dedicated to the 19 men who died in B.C.’s worst ever industrial accident.

Gary is one of the three survivors of the Ironworkers Bridge collapse still alive today. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. “It’s a memory I can’t forget.” Collapse of the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing Bridge June 17, 1958.

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Former Vancouver broadcaster and award-winning documentary producer George Orr has released his latest, using 3,000 feet of 16 mm color film taken by draftsman Peter Hall immediately after the collapse of the Second Narrows bridge. Doug Parton of the Ironworkers Local 97 said they are hoping for a large turnout at the 60th anniversary memorial to honour the fallen men. Some were mangled in the steel. I’m 91 now,” he said. Poirier was 18, an apprentice ironworker six months on the job. “People with their leg chopped off, people squeezed between two pieces of steel, flattened like nothing,” he recalled. A 10-minute feature about the 40th anniversary of the bridge collapse. Mi'kmaq chiefs demand stop of alleged federal plans to seize lobster traps, Sean Connery, the 'original' James Bond, dies at 90. They don’t build them like that anymore.”. “It’s never going to go away,” said Poirier, tears in his voice. Lessard’s life jacket slipped off as soon as he hit the water and he kept going down, right to the mud of the inlet floor. “No one has seen that footage in nearly 60 years,” said Orr, a former TV news reporter and BCIT instructor. There was an error, please provide a valid email address. “We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to everyone affected by this tragic event.

In 1994 the bridge was renamed the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing in honour of the workers who died during the construction. Lessard spent the next four months at the North Vancouver hospital with his leg in traction.

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\r\rA dramatic tale of failure and success\rThe story of the failure of the 1940 Narrows Bridge and the success of the Current Narrows Bridge is a great American saga. . After 62 years, 91-year-old Lucien Lessard made one last trip. I followed some daylight coming through the water,” and swam for the surface, clinging to floating debris before being rescued.

Others were not so lucky.

Vancouver needs to know about its history and this is one chapter.”. The good Lord looked after me that day.”. Sign up to receive daily headline news from the Vancouver Sun, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. \r\rThe bridge became famous as \"the most dramatic failure in bridge engineering history.\" Now, it's also \"one of the world's largest man-made reefs.\" The sunken remains of Galloping Gertie were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 to protect her from salvagers.