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I-35W Bridge Collapse

Just after 6 p.m. Aug. 1, the I-35W bridge crossing the Mississippi River collapsed sending the bridge and cars down in to the river and along the shoreline.

It has been determined there are four confirmed deaths at this time and as many as 80 people injured. There are also still 20-30 people missing at this time.

Rescue efforts continued until late evening Thursday, trying to recover those who had not been able to climb out on their own. Efforts on Thursday are now recovery efforts as those involved say they do not expect to find anyone alive.

Structural engineers as well as government officials have been called out to begin investigating the collapse. At this time, the Department of Homeland Security has concluded it was not terrorism but a structural issue. This comes after a 2002 report from the University of Minnesota that reported problems with the bridge. A 2005 report given by the Minnesota Department of Transportation did not report the same issues.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, Governor Tim Pawlenty and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak gave a press conference along with other local, state and federal government officials discussing the event and what steps will be taken from here on out.

The coverage for this event was widespread and very complete as it was on almost every news website and channel available. There were reports on news websites in Australia, England and throughout the U.S. Even sources that most Americans would consider unlikely, such as Al Jazeera, covered the story as it was updated.

The BBC also covered the story, pulling pictures from the Associated Press and updating their story every time new information was available. The story was also covered by CNN, the Star Tribune, the New York Times. Each story reported essentially the same information although some report more deaths then others. This is most likely due to proximity. Australia has a smaller chance of reporting the correct number of deaths because they most likely do not have a reporter right at the scene.