We both left campus right about the time that the I-35 bridge collapse happened into the river. On another day, we would have been on it, but she was on her bike and I almost never take the freeway home during rush hour, so although we were crossing the river about that time, neither of us was on the span of the bridge that fell into the river. Instead, we took the 10th Ave bridge that crosses the river just a little way to the east. I came home and turned on the TV to check on something else, and saw the news unfolding. I immediately called my mother to let her know I was OK. Then my brother called me from Maryland because he'd realized that the freeway is the one that goes by the University.
Right now, the news is trickling in, rescue workers are on the scene. Boats and divers are in the water trying to find the vehicles that went into the water--maybe up to 50.
A few eyewitnesses are telling what they saw. A University colleague heard the noise and saw the whole thing from his fifth floor office on the West Bank of the U of MN campus. It looks as if there was some structural damage, some stress fractures in the steel structure.
A storm is moving in--I can hear the thunder. We badly need the rain because of the drought, but it is going to make rescue efforts more complicated.