Friday, August 03, 2007

Number of missing lowered in Minn. bridge collapse

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Authorities searching the rubble of an interstate bridge collapse lowered the number of people believed missing Friday to eight, a toll dramatically lower than feared since the bridge crumbled at rush hour.

But the search for victims was slow as crews struggled to navigate waters muddied by debris and filled with swirling currents.

At least five people were killed and 79 injured when the Interstate 35W bridge plummeted more than 60 feet into the Mississippi River on Wednesday afternoon. As many as 30 had been feared missing.

This is good news, even if it does fall under the heading of "not as bad as it could have been".