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Photo: Vehicles are scattered along the broken remains of the Interstate 35W bridge, 01 Aug 2007
Authorities in the upper midwestern U.S. city of Minneapolis, Minnesota are searching for the bodies of more victims after a major highway bridge collapsed and plunged 20 meters into the Mississippi River below.
The Minneapolis fire chief Jim Clack says the operation has shifted from one of rescue to recovery.
Officials Thursday put the confirmed death toll from the collapse of the eight-lane bridge Wednesday evening at four. As many as 30 people are missing, and the death toll is expected to rise.
In Washington, President Bush offered his condolences, calling the collapse a terrible situation. He said the federal government will help ensure that the bridge is rebuilt as quickly as possible.
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