A bridge crossing the Mississippi river in Minneapolis has collapsed, killing at least seven people. Photo: AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Heather Munro
It happened during the evening rush hour, when the bridge was crowded with traffic. Photo: AP/The Minnesota Daily, Stacy Bengs
The central section of the bridge fell into the river, hurling as many as 50 vehicles into the water.
It is not clear what caused the catastrophic collapse, but the Department of Homeland Security has ruled out terrorism.
Boats and divers rescued the injured from the water, and looked for more survivors. Photo: AP/Star Tribune, Jeff Wheeler
At least 60 injured people were taken to hospital.
Rescue efforts shifted to recovery overnight, as officials said they did not expect to find any more survivors.
At one side of the river, a section of the bridge fell on a lock.
A freight train passing under another section of the bridge was crushed.
Some cars managed to stop on sections of the bridge which did not fall into the river.
Crowds gathered, hardly believing what they saw.