Officials Pledge Probe of Bridge Disaster Officials in Minnesota are still trying to understand how a bridge could simply give way and collapse. Mayor R.T. Rybak and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty both vow a full investigation of the disaster on the I-35 West bridge.
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Officials in Minnesota are still trying to understand how a bridge could simply give way and collapse. Mayor R.T. Rybak and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty both vow a full investigation of the disaster on the I-35 West bridge.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Officials in Minnesota are trying to understand how a bridge could simply give way and collapse. Mayor R.T. Rybak spoke yesterday.

Mayor R.T. RYBAK (Minneapolis, Minnesota): Our hearts and our prayers go out tonight to the families and the friends of the victims of one of the most tragic nights in the history of Minneapolis.

MONTAGNE: The mayor was joined by Minnesota's governor, Tim Pawlenty, who vowed to fully investigate the bridge's collapse.

Governor TIM PAWLENTY (Republican, Minnesota): Both federal and state officials, once the rescue and recovery effort is completed, will undertake investigations. We will be starting these investigations as to the cause of this incident. The chief and the commanders on the ground are indicating, while they haven't ruled anything out, it is not likely that this is a terrorist incident. It is some sort of structural failure, in all likelihood. But we will launch both state and federal investigations into this matter.

MONTAGNE: Again, that's the Minnesota governor, Tim Pawlenty, promising to investigate the collapse of the major bridge which crumbled yesterday in downtown Minneapolis.

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