Thursday, August 02, 2007

Minneapolis bridge collapses

Workers search for bodies in bridge debris
MSNBC News Service

MINNEAPOLIS - Difficult conditions hampered the search for bodies still trapped beneath the twisted debris of a collapsed bridge Thursday, as finger-pointing began over a report two years ago that found the bridge was "structurally deficient."

The official death count from Wednesday evening’s collapse stood at four, but Police Chief Tim Dolan said more bodies were in the water. Hospital officials said 79 others were injured.

The eight-lane Interstate 35W bridge, a major Minneapolis artery, was in the midst of repairs when it buckled during the evening rush hour. Dozens of cars plummeted more than 60 feet into the Mississippi River, some falling on top of one of another. A school bus sat on the angled concrete.

The bridge is the state’s busiest, and carries approximately 141,000 vehicles per day. See: What Went Wrong?

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