|Sunshine Skyway Bridge collapse, a look back
Early on the morning of May 9, 1980, 35 people were killed when the Sunshine Skyway bridge collapsed. Twenty-six of the victims of the Sunshine Skyway collapse were passengers on a Greyhound bus. Six cars and one pickup truck also plummeted from the Sunshine Skyway bridge when it collapsed.
Only one person who went over the edge survived -- Wesley MacIntire, the driver of the pickup. He died in 1989.
A famous photograph from the disaster shows a yellow Buick driven by Richard Hornbuckle of St. Petersburg stopped 14 inches short of the Sunshine Skyway bridge's edge. Hornbuckle and his three passengers escaped.