Update on the I-35W bridge collapse

Mayor R.T. Rybak, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters, and other federal, state and local officials will report on their tour of the site of the collapse of the I-35W bridge last night. They’ll brief the media at 9:15 this morning at the end of 6th Avenue SE and Main Street SE, near the entrance of the Stone Arch Bridge.

Right now, reports are that the number of dead in the collapse has been lowered by officials to four. Another 60 people are injured and 20 people are reported missing.

Recovery efforts continue this morning at the site.

The Red Cross has set up a hotline for questions about the disaster at 612-460-3700.

You can get information on detours around the affected area from the city’s website and also from MNDOT.

President Bush said of the collapse this morning, "We in the federal government must respond, and respond robustly, to help the people there not only recover, but to make sure that lifeline of activity, that bridge, gets rebuilt as quickly as possible."

Bush said the federal government would help with rescue-recovery operations.