CNN reports that a bridge has collapsed on a Minnesota highway sending cars into the Mississippi River. Details are emerging. The collapse took place around 6:15 ET. The entire span has dropped into the river. There is a concern that another part of the bridge might collapse. Three people are confirmed dead.
Homeland Security has officially reported that it does not appear to be an act of terrorism.
Department of Transportation will hold a press conference at 9:30 PM ET.
Fox reports that 20-30 people may be injured. It appears that 4 or 5 sections of the bridge fell into the river.
The Interstate Hwy. 35W bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed this afternoon, dumping at least eight cars and a truck into the water and land below. It was not clear how many people might be hurt or killed. Workers have been repairing the bridge surface as part of improvements along that stretch of the Interstate. Rescue workers were helping some people from cars in the river. People at the scene said the entire bridge collapsed, leaving part of the roadway submerged and part above water. A number of people were walking around on the roadway that was not submerged.
I live right-right by this bridge. I thought it was actually an airplane that flew real close to my building, it definitely rattled the windows.
The school bus was full of 9-11yr old kids on a swim team.