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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

BREAKING NEWS I-35W bridge collapses over Mississippi River

Minneapolis: 9 Vehicles Fall into Mississippi After I-35W Bridge ShortNews.com

Bridge collapses into Mississippi BBC News

Minneapolis Minnesota Interstate Bridge over Mississippi River Cherry Creek News

WCCO - Stop the ACLU:

Minneapolis The Interstate 35W Mississippi River bridge near University Avenue has collapsed into the river.

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of 35W are lying in the Mississippi River.

There are multiple cars in the river and a couple cars on fire. According to one witness, there was a school bus full of children on the bridge.

Cars are still on the bridge.

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

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.

“It is just horrific,” said witness Marilyn Franzen, who saw the bridge collapse. Franzen said she saw a school bus that managed to stop before the going over the edge of the bridge that she said was carrying 20-30 children.

The road has been under construction since the beginning of the summer.

Stay tuned to WCCO.com and WCCO-TV for more information on this breaking news story.

FOX NEWS is reporting that there were bike riders and pedestrians on the bridge.

Major disaster…please keep all involved in your prayers.

UPDATE: 3 Sections have collapsed and a 4th section on the East side is in danger of collapse.

Bridge was 1950 feet long and 64 feet high.

Dept of Homeland Security is monitoring and says it does not appear to be an act of terrorism.

1 confirmed death and an estimated 30-50 people in the water.

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