Toast Norwalk Reflector motor route driver Leo Didion for his recent heroics. Didion, who was driving on Green Road near Wakeman about 5 a.m. while delivering a route for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, saw smoke rolling out of a garage. Didion jumped into action. After calling 911 on his phone, "I went and pounded on the door." Kevin Erskine, 14, heard the noise and woke up his father. The two alerted a daughter, Shannon, 17, and the three of them got out of the house safely. Linda Erskine, who was working third shift at Wal-Mart at the time, said her family can never thank Didion enough for his quick action. Didion just shrugged his shoulders and said he just did what anybody else would have done. For his efforts, the Erskines gave Didion $100 a tip any motor route driver would love to receive.
Roast the National Transportation Safety Board for not doing its homework. The board announced that a design problem on the Interstate 35W bridge likely contributed to its collapse last summer. The agency described it as probably a "one-off" situation something the board had never seen before. However, in 1996 an identical problem was blamed as a factor in causing a bridge along Interstate 90 in Ohio to sag. A later report for the Ohio Department of Transportation concluded that the plates connecting the steel truss bridge's beams "were not adequate to support the design loads of the structure," according to a report Saturday in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "This is really if not dynamite information very intriguing and opens a new avenue of inquiry and shows a rush to judgment on the part of the chairman of the (NTSB)," said House Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar, D-Minn.