BREAKING NEWS:
Freeway bridge collapses into river in Minneapolis; vehicles
Wed Aug 1, 2007 19:14
 

 
Bridge collapses
BREAKING NEWS: Freeway bridge collapses into river in Minneapolis; vehicles
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Minneapolis bridge collapses during rush hour
NBC: All city’s ambulances called in; vehicles fall into Mississippi River
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20079534/

MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: 8:12 p.m. ET Aug. 1, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS - A busy highway bridge that spans the Mississippi River just northeast of Minneapolis collapsed during rush hour Wednesday, sending a school bus, other vehicles and tons of concrete crashing into the water.

The entire span of the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed about 6:05 p.m. A tractor-trailer caught fire, and flame and black smoke billowed into the sky.

Local media reported 20 to 30 injuries but initially no deaths. NBC News reported that every Minneapolis ambulance had been requested to the scene.
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Local television stations captured video of injured people being carried up the riverbank. Divers were also in the water.

Workers have been repairing the 40-year-old bridge's surface all summer along that stretch of the interstate, StarTribune.com reported. At least 20 cars and a truck fell into the river.

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Some people were stranded on parts of the bridge that aren't completely in the water.

Ramon Houge of St. Paul was on his way home from work at Wells Fargo and was driving on the bridge when heard a rumbling noise, saw the ground collapse and cars go down, StarTribune.com reported.

“It didn’t seem like it was real,” he said. Traffic was bumper to bumper and hundreds of people would have been involved, he told the Star Tribune, adding that he saw kids on a bus with blood on their faces.

Sarah Fahnhorst, who lives in an apartment a block away from the bridge, heard a huge thud and then “the entire building shook. It shook the ground,” she told the Star Tribune.
NBC News, The Star Tribune, The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
 

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