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83-Steelers-43
08-01-2007, 08:20 PM
Major Minneapolis Bridge Collapses Over Mississippi River
Wednesday, August 01, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS — The I-35W highway bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed during rush hour Wednesday, sending many cars and motorists into the water.

Authorities tell Fox News that there are between 20- 30 people in the river while witnesses told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that at least 20 cars may have been involved.

Tons of concrete have collapsed and survivors are being carried up the riverbank. Both the northbound and southbound lanes of 35W are lying in the Mississippi River, according to WCCO-com.

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

Click here to the see live report on MyFoxTwinCities.com.

The bridge near University Avenue connects downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota.

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.

Star-tribune.com reported that workers have been improving the 40-year-old bridge’s surface as part of repairs to that part of the interstate.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,291790,00.html

http://www.foxnews.com/images/root_images/bridge31.jpg This is just a small section of the bridge.

83-Steelers-43
08-01-2007, 08:24 PM
This is unbelievable. I'm watching it on FOX news right now. The bridge is enormous and it made a domino effect when it collapsed. Homeland security is paying close attention but they believe that it is not terrorist related. They were doing construction underneath the bridge at the time of the collapse. It's making me sick to my stomach. One guy stated that the collapse literally cut his car in half. Cars are piled on top of cars.

My thoughts and prayers are with those people, rescue workers and the families. This is just horrible.

The Duke
08-01-2007, 08:28 PM
Oh boy, this doesn't look good

83-Steelers-43
08-01-2007, 08:30 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/photoessay/photoessay_2152_images/0801072002_M_bridge2.jpg
http://www.foxnews.com/photoessay/photoessay_2152_images/0801072002_M_bridge4.jpg

83-Steelers-43
08-01-2007, 08:37 PM
One confirmed dead at this point.

SteelCityMan786
08-01-2007, 08:44 PM
One confirmed dead at this point.

Prayers to the family. This is very tragic. Hopefully everyone else gets out alive.

j-dawg
08-01-2007, 08:44 PM
how tragic... i'm hearing about construction work under the bridge... but man, during rush hour... gezz.

SteelCityMan786
08-01-2007, 08:45 PM
how tragic... i'm hearing about construction work under the bridge... but man, during rush hour... gezz.

You'd think this might take place during the middle portions of the day and they would close the lanes on top of where they're working.

83-Steelers-43
08-01-2007, 08:56 PM
They are going to hold a news conference at 9:30.

SteelCityMan786
08-01-2007, 09:02 PM
They are going to hold a news conference at 9:30.

Hopefully they give us all the details, not just the halfs.

stlrtruck
08-01-2007, 11:02 PM
May God be with everyone who has been involved in this in one way or another. May the rescue workers be lead by the hand of God and pull everyone then can to safety!!

Jman
08-01-2007, 11:08 PM
Wow. May the Lord take care of those who have been affected by this tragedy. My prayers are with the families affected.

PAMillerGrrl83
08-01-2007, 11:17 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone thats involved.

j-dawg
08-02-2007, 11:18 AM
out here in Los Angeles, restaurants get graded A-F, they have to show the grade out the window.

after reading this, maybe they should do that for our bridges.

A federal database, however, showed the 40-year-old bridge had been rated as "structurally deficient" in 2005 and possibly in need of replacement, the Star Tribune reported citing the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Bridge Inventory.

The White House also confirmed the 2005 inspection. White House press secretary Tony Snow said the span rated 50 on a scale of 120 for structural stability.

The Duke
08-02-2007, 12:58 PM
The death count is officially at 4, and 30 people still missing.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070802/ap_on_re_us/bridge_collapse

SteelCityMan786
08-02-2007, 01:04 PM
out here in Los Angeles, restaurants get graded A-F, they have to show the grade out the window.

after reading this, maybe they should do that for our bridges.

A federal database, however, showed the 40-year-old bridge had been rated as "structurally deficient" in 2005 and possibly in need of replacement, the Star Tribune reported citing the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Bridge Inventory.

The White House also confirmed the 2005 inspection. White House press secretary Tony Snow said the span rated 50 on a scale of 120 for structural stability.

Thankfully people in my area figured out that it is time to replace a bridge when it needs to be replaced.

Just hopefully the death count is no higher then the 4 reported.

The Duke
08-02-2007, 01:11 PM
Thankfully people in my area figured out that it is time to replace a bridge when it needs to be replaced.

Just hopefully the death count is no higher then the 4 reported.

As much as I hate to say it, I think with 30 people still missing the death count is going to increase

HometownGal
08-02-2007, 04:10 PM
I've been following this story closely, as I have a friend who lives in a burb of Minneapolis, but who works in downtown Minny. I just sent him an email and asked him to let me know that he is safe.

My heart goes out to the victims and their families. What a tragedy. I can't fathom being on the Liberty Bridge which connects the South Hills with downtown Pittsburgh and having something of this magnitude happen.