Bridge Collapses Into Miss. River
Associated Press 08.01.07, 7:45 PM ET
A freeway bridge spanning the Mississippi River collapsed during evening rush hour Wednesday, sending many cars into the water.
Tons of concrete collapsed and there were injuries, authorities said. Survivors were being carried up the riverbank.
Some people were stranded on parts of the bridge that weren't completely submerged.
The entire span of the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed about 6:05 p.m. where the freeway crosses the river near University Avenue in Minneapolis.
The bus had just crossed the bridge before it crumpled into pieces, and broadcast reports indicated the children on the bus exited out the back door.
It was not clear how many people were injured. A burning truck and a school bus clung to one slanted slab, while at least eight cars and a truck were submerged in the river.
Traffic was bumper to bumper and hundreds of people would have been involved, he said. He said cars backed up as best they could and he parked in a construction zone and was finally able to turn around and drive off the bridge. "It didn't seem like it was real," he said.