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Stories Emerge of Lives Lost in Bridge Collapse

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Stories Emerge of Lives Lost in Bridge Collapse

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Stories Emerge of Lives Lost in Bridge Collapse

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Grim work continues Sunday in Minneapolis. Divers are still searching the Mississippi River for the remains of victims of Wednesday's bridge collapse that killed five people. Dozens are still recovering from injuries, and at least eight people are missing.

The event has taken an emotional toll on residents of the Twin Cities, especially friends and families of the victims. As recovery efforts continue, stories emerge of the people who lost their lives. But most of the people driving on the bridge that day did survive, against remarkable odds.

Alicia Babatz was one of them. Sitting in her hospital bed, the 22-year-old recounted her story to reporters last week.

"I remember falling and being banged around … and I thought I was going to drown with the car," she said.

But she didn't drown. Instead, somehow, she broke free from the submerged car and swam toward shore.