Witness 'Saw the Road Come Down'

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"We just heard a loud rumble and I turned around and saw the road come down." That's how witness Courtney Jensen describes the collapse of the I-35 West bridge in Minneapolis.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Witness after witness say it was hard to accept the sight of a highway bridge falling into the Mississippi River.

Mr. JIM HASKASKI(ph) (Witness): It took my mind a little bit of time to determine what my eyes had seen.

MONTAGNE: Jim Haskaski saw the bridge collapsed. He was watching from a 13th floor hotel room.

Mr. HASKASKI: I saw a huge plume of debris and dust rising as if you were watching a film of one of these old buildings being demolished. And I went to the window and I observed that there was no more freeway on 35-W.

MONTAGNE: That's Jim Haskaski. He saw the highway bridge that spans the Mississippi River outside Minneapolis collapse last night.

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