Death Toll Lowered In Minneapolis Bridge Collapse

The morning after an interstate bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River, authorities in Minneapolis have lowered the number of confirmed fatalities to four. But they expect the number to change throughout the day.

Police Lieutenant Amelia Huffman says the medical examiners office "only has four sets of remains." She says initial reports of seven people killed were based on the best estimates authorities had last night.

The eight-lane Interstate 35W bridge, a major Minneapolis artery, was in the midst of being repaired and two lanes in each direction were closed when the bridge buckled during the evening rush hour. Dozens of cars were pitched in the Mississippi River.

Emergency crews are resuming cleanup and recovery work. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the 40-year-old bridge was rated as "structurally deficient" two years ago and possibly in need of replacement. Minnesota's governor says no major problems were noted during inspections in 2005 and last year.


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