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Divers Back in "treacherous" Mississippi in Search for Bridge Collapse Victims

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Divers are back in the Mississippi's murky waters Friday, searching for victims of the Minneapolis bridge collapse.

Authorities have raised the official death toll to five after crews pulled a body from a burned-out truck yesterday. But they have also lowered the number of people believed missing to eight.

Crews are focusing on a number of sites upstream from the wreckage, including four partially submerged vehicles. Divers are working in pairs as a safety precaution. They are diving 30 minutes at a time with two going underwater and two remaining above.

Authorities are also reviewing the safety record of the eight-lane I-35W bridge, which was determined to be "structurally deficient" as early as 1990.

Some experts are pointing to the presence of heavy construction equipment being used for repairs as a possible factor in the collapse.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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