Bridge Buckles, Dumping Cars into Mississippi

Divers are searching the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and a huge rescue effort is under way after a massive bridge collapse during the height of rush hour Wednesday.

There were reports of fatalities late Wednesday evening. Rescue crews and boats on the scene tried to extricate survivors from the tons of mangled debris.

Images out of Minneapolis showed a horrifying scene: The entire span of Interstate 35 West across the river collapsed and fell into the river, sending cars crashing into the water. The bridge collapsed where the freeway crosses the river near University Avenue.

According to Minneapolis Police Lt. Amelia Huffman, two lanes of traffic were on the bridge at the time — bumper to bumper — and those cars did go into the river.

"At this point," she said, "there is nothing to suggest that this was anything other than a structural collapse."

The bridge is 40 years old — and road crews have been working on repairing it.

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