Authorities in Minneapolis, Minnesota, are searching for the bodies of more victims after a major highway bridge collapsed and plunged 20 meters into the Mississippi River below.
Officials Thursday put the confirmed death toll from the collapse of the eight-lane bridge Wednesday at four, and hospital officials say at least 60 people were injured. As many as 30 people are missing, and the death toll is expected to rise.
The Minneapolis fire chief (Jim Clack) says the operation has shifted from one of rescue to recovery. In Washington, the White House says President Bush will visit the site of the collapse on Saturday. Earlier, Mr. Bush offered his condolences, calling the collapse a terrible situation. He said the government will help ensure that the bridge is rebuilt as quickly as possible. First Lady Laura Bush also is expected to visit Minneapolis on Friday.