6 Dead in Minn. Bridge Collapse

By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Aug 1, 2007 9:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – A four-lane bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed during the evening rush, killing at least 6 people and injuring dozens. Witnesses say there were up to 100 cars on the bridge at the time, and as many as 50 were hurled into the river and onto the banks; rescuers rushed to triage victims and put out massive fires.

The FBI and Homeland Security have ruled out terrorism—the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports construction crews had been repairing the section of the I35W bridge that buckled for several weeks. One semi reportedly burst into flames, while some witnesses said that a school bus full of children was on the bridge while it collapsed, though it appears none of the children were injured. (Read more disaster stories.)

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