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Thursday, August 02, 2007

I-35W Minneapolis Bridge Collapses



Breaking News...


I'm time-dating this as a Thursday morning post, but this is happening at real-time Wednesday, August 1 around 6:55PM.

The entire I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River by downtown Minneapolis has collapsed.



AP:

    A freeway bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed Wednesday, sending many cars into the water.

    Tons of concrete have collapsed and people are injured. Survivors are being carried up the riverbank.

    The entire span of the 35W bridge collapsed about 6:05 p.m. where the freeway crosses the river near University Avenue.

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

    A tractor-trailer is on fire at the collapse scene.

Live reports here.

More video feeds HERE.



Hennepin County Medical Center is - I am told - flooded with injured people.

News.com.au:

    There are fears that vehicles may be sandwiched under the main bridge span.

    One witness said as many as 20 cars could have plunged into the water, with vehicles piled on top of each other.

    A large truck caught fire, and flame and black smoke billowed into the sky.

    Local television stations captured video of injured people being carried up the riverbank.There was no immediate word on injuries, but dozens of rescue vehicles were there. Divers were also in the water.

    Some people were stranded on parts of the bridge that were not completely in the water.

    The entire span of the 35W bridge collapsed about 6.15pm (9.15am AEST) where the freeway crosses the river near University Avenue.

    Reports on Sky News said all the children got out of the school bus.

    Workers had been repairing the 40-year-old bridge’s surface as part of improvements along that stretch of the interstate.

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