Minneapolis: 8 still missing


Summary

Police have released an official list of eight people still missing, but the death toll could go higher because some victims may have been carried away by river currents, officials said.

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The gatherings prayed for those still searching the Mississippi River, and said prayers of thanks for those who were spared. Five people were killed.

In a leafy neighbourhood, about 70 parishioners at St George Greek Orthodox Church asked for the recovery of Christine Sacorafas, one of the eight people missing.

Sacorafas, 45, was headed to teach a Greek folk dancing class when she got caught in a traffic jam.

She called a fellow teacher minutes before the collapse and has not been heard from since.

About 100 people were injured when the concrete and steel Interstate 35W bridge abruptly gave way in rush-hour traffic, sending dozens of vehicles and tons of debris into the river.

First clues into collapse

Meanwhile, investigators are trying to identify the myriad stresses placed on the bridge over its 40-year life – including the stretching and condensing of materials over hot-and-cold weather cycles – with the ultimate objective of finding the structural weaknesses in steel girders, trusses or expansion joints that led to the collapse.

Documents that the contractor handling the resurfacing project,

Progressive Contractors Inc., have provided to the safety board, and interviews with company employees who were on the bridge when it fell, may provide vital clues to the accident, authorities said.

"The interviews provided us with an understanding of their construction process, the equipment and materials that were used on the bridge," said safety board Chairman Mark Rosenker.

"We received preliminary information regarding quantities of various materials and the specific equipment they had on the bridge and where they put the equipment and where they put the materials."

The construction crews were working about 120 metres from the south end of the span, he said. Two inside lanes on each side of the eight-lane bridge were closed to traffic.

The speeds and locations of cars, trucks and construction equipment on the bridge will be fed with other data into a computer model.

The model is designed to test failure scenarios to help investigators pinpoint where the structure was initially cut or pulled apart, authorities said.


Police have released an official list of eight people still missing, but the death toll could go higher because some victims may have been carried away by river currents, officials said.

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The gatherings prayed for those still searching the Mississippi River, and said prayers of thanks for those who were spared. Five people were killed.

In a leafy neighbourhood, about 70 parishioners at St George Greek Orthodox Church asked for the recovery of Christine Sacorafas, one of the eight people missing.

Sacorafas, 45, was headed to teach a Greek folk dancing class when she got caught in a traffic jam.

She called a fellow teacher minutes before the collapse and has not been heard from since.

About 100 people were injured when the concrete and steel Interstate 35W bridge abruptly gave way in rush-hour traffic, sending dozens of vehicles and tons of debris into the river.

First clues into collapse

Meanwhile, investigators are trying to identify the myriad stresses placed on the bridge over its 40-year life – including the stretching and condensing of materials over hot-and-cold weather cycles – with the ultimate objective of finding the structural weaknesses in steel girders, trusses or expansion joints that led to the collapse.

Documents that the contractor handling the resurfacing project,

Progressive Contractors Inc., have provided to the safety board, and interviews with company employees who were on the bridge when it fell, may provide vital clues to the accident, authorities said.

"The interviews provided us with an understanding of their construction process, the equipment and materials that were used on the bridge," said safety board Chairman Mark Rosenker.

"We received preliminary information regarding quantities of various materials and the specific equipment they had on the bridge and where they put the equipment and where they put the materials."

The construction crews were working about 120 metres from the south end of the span, he said. Two inside lanes on each side of the eight-lane bridge were closed to traffic.

The speeds and locations of cars, trucks and construction equipment on the bridge will be fed with other data into a computer model.

The model is designed to test failure scenarios to help investigators pinpoint where the structure was initially cut or pulled apart, authorities said.