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see that bridge collapse in minneapolis? i just had to direct a mini breaking news hit...watching feeds of it raw...there's gonna be a big body count. sad :(
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Was it a barge collision?
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I'm watching this on CNN...This is horrible horrible horrible....


Oh Dear CNN Said that there is at least 50 and maybe as many as 100 cars in the water, and there has been the first confirmed death.
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I'm OK. vremya is OK. Seebs is OK.

I don't know who else is local.
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CNN Said that there is at least 50 and maybe as many as 100 cars in the water, and there has been the first confirmed death.
They just updated it to 3 confirmed dead. :(
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I'm relieved to hear it, CaDan. Thank you for checking in. I don't know who else is local either. Y'all are the only ones I can think of.
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Bridges here in Oregon are in similar states of disrepair as those reported in the article Dingfod referenced.

Too bad we're wasting so much money on "rebuilding" Iraq. We could use some federal revenues to update our aging interstate infrastructure.

Oh...wait...we gave that money back to the rich in tax breaks.

Nevermind.
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Yeah, a half-trillion dollars would go a long way toward fixing up our aging infrastructure.
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Everything always refers to the military budget...

BBC now reporting seven. Anyone know if the rail line underneath is ever used by Amtrak or local commuter runs? I think a top end of seven is fortunately low.

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after seeing all that carnage...it will be a miracle if only a few died...but still sad. here's hoping for a miracle...
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Everything always refers to the military budget...
It's like the Empire State Building or a Blue Whale, it's freaking huge, that's why it gets used for comparison purposes.
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The pictures are horrific.

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BBC now reporting seven. Anyone know if the rail line underneath is ever used by Amtrak or local commuter runs?
It still says 7 afaics. I saw another article that said 9 fatalities but I don't have it open any more.

The train crushed was a freight train.
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This is really sad. :(

The news today is saying that there are only 4 confirmed deaths so far, but they are certain that there are more people trapped in their cars at the bottom of the river, under large chunks of bridge.
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Oh dear. I just saw this on the BBC website.

It's still saying 4 confirmed dead with up to 30 people missing. :(
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Says 9 dead and 20 missing on a Dutch newspaper's site. :(
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Reports say that at least nine people have died but Minneapolis police said during a 7:30 a.m. (local time) press conference that only four are confirmed dead. Tim Dolan, the Minneapolis Police Chief later stated that "several [adding to the four] people are confirmed dead at the scene," but would not elaborate on how many. At least 79 have been injured and at least 30 are missing, still believed to be in the rubble.
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the bridge was last inspected in 2006 and no significant structural problems were found.

But in 2005, the bridge was one of thousands across the US rated as "structurally deficient" on the federal National Bridge Inventory database.
And those "thousands" of other bridges? Watch out for some of them being closed as a precaution...
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Here's some footage of the bridge collapsing - it's from a security camera:

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Bizarre.
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Bizarre indeed. It just snapped!
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The latest news I've read is saying 6 confirmed dead, 8 unaccounted for.

Still tragic, but far less so than it could've been.
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I'm amazed, honestly, that the casualty count is so low. There were so many cars on that bridge and it was just devastated.
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