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Friday, August 3, 2007

Bridge Collapse

The Bridge had..."Cracks"

Many cars remain submerged under giant concrete slabs in the Mississippi river [GALLO/GETTY]

A collapsed bridge in the US city of Minneapolis was rated "structurally deficient" twice, in 1990 and 2005, federal officials have said, adding that the warnings were ignored by the state, which relied on a strategy of patchwork fixes instead.

Wednesday's collapse of the bridge in Minnesota state over the Mississippi river has led to orders by the government to inspect more than 70,000 bridges across the country previously found with a variety of structural defects.

The US congress is working on a $250m federal aid package for the disaster which happened on the Interstate 35W bridge during rush hour on Wednesday.

The official toll stands at four, with 79 injuries.

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