Concrete rains on motorists from Minn. bridge

July 28, 2008 9:18:04 AM PDT
Authorities in Minnesota say no one was hurt when a 1,200-pound chunk of concrete tumbled onto highway traffic. They say the slab tore off the underside of an overpass in St. Paul over the weekend. The 6-foot-by-9-foot section fell onto two vehicles.

More than eight hours of gridlock followed along Interstate 35E as crews inspected the overpass, which shuttles nearly 140,000 motorists a day through downtown St. Paul. Authorities say the 50-year-old bridge is "structurally safe."

The incident comes nearly a year after the deadly collapse of a Mississippi River bridge in neighboring Minneapolis. The St. Paul bridge isn't scheduled to be replaced until 2014.

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