There was a horrifying bridge collapse in Minneapolis yesterday, which so far has resulted in the deaths of seven people, with over sixty people injured and twenty people still missing. It happened during rush hour.
An eight-lane highway bridge clogged with rush-hour traffic buckled and collapsed into the Mississippi River in central Minneapolis yesterday, pitching numerous vehicles into the roiling water below. At least seven people were killed and dozens were injured, authorities said.
Emergency officials said the toll could rise as rescuers, hampered by burning cars and hunks of broken roadway, scoured the debris-clogged river for survivors.
“This is a catastrophe of historic proportions for Minnesota,” said Governor Tim Pawlenty, a Republican. “We are doing everything we can to make sure we respond as quickly as we can to this emergency.”
The official Minneapolis website is urging people concerned about relatives to contact the Red Cross through their site at www.redcrosstc.org. as their phone system is having issues due to high call volume.
Our thoughts are with the survivors and the victims’ families. As I said after the Virgina Tech shootings, if you love someone – tell em’.