Memorial Service 1 year after I-35W bridge collapse Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Mayor R. T. Rybak and local religious leaders speak in observance of the 1 year anniversary of the I-35W bridge collapse. From the Basilica of St. Mary in downtown Minneapolis, an hour of songs, prayers and reflection.4:44 p.m.
Mother and son recall their response to bridge collapse Two people who remember the bridge collapse vividly are Julie Schwartz and her 19-year-old son, Alex. They were among the first of dozens of ordinary people who rushed to the scene of the 35W bridge collapse and started helping the victims. They spoke with MPR's Tom Crann.4:50 p.m.
In the shadow of the new bridge When the I-35W bridge fell, it severed a major traffic artery through Minneapolis. The detours and bridge construction have brought noise, spectators and traffic bottlenecks to the immediate area.5:25 p.m.
1,000 gather in Mpls. to mourn bridge collapse Memorial services are being held throughout the day today to remember the 13 people who died and the more than 100 who were injured when the I-35W bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River last year on Aug. 1, 2007.5:53 p.m.
Slideshow: Remembering Aug 1, 2007 The I-35W bridge collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007, just after 6 p.m. MPR's Tom Crann led our radio coverage that evening, as dramatic photos and stories of escape and rescue began pouring in.6:04 p.m.
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