Divers continue to search the muddy Mississippi waters for survivors following the collapse of a bridge in the US state of Minnesota. Five people have been confirmed dead and eight are still missing, including a pregnant woman and five Somali immigrants. The bridge in Minneapolis came down during rush hour on Wednesday evening. US president George W Bush travelled to the scene on Saturday: “I have met people that were on the bridge, I met a man who was on the bridge when it collapsed. His instinct was to run to the schoolbus of screaming children, and to help bring them to safety. We have an amazing country, where people’s first instinct is to help save life.” Congress has authorised an emergency fund of 250 million dollars for the initial reconstruction of the bridge, the state’s busiest. Its collapse has highlighted the dire state of American bridges – nearly one third of which show severe defects according to a 2003 survey by the US society of civil engineers. It’s reported planned works to strengthen the bridge which had been declared structurally deficient in 2005 were dropped.
Search continues for survivors beneath collapsed US bridge