Timeline: Deadly bridge collapses

Some major bridge and highway collapses

August 2007: A major freeway bridge in Minneapolis collapses into the Mississippi River during the evening rush hour, killingfive people.

Tonnes of concrete plunged into the Mississippi River during the collapse in Minneapolis on Wednesday. ((KMSP-TV/Associated Press))

September 2006:An overpass collapse in Laval, Que.,kills five people. Three vehicles and a motorcycle fall about 15 metres on to Highway 19 from Boulevard de la Concorde after three lanes of the overpass give way.

November 2005: A section of a highway bridge under construction in southern Spain collapses, killing six people.

May 2003: A tractor-trailer slams into a bridge support on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska, sending the bridge crashing down onto the truck and killing the driver.

May 2002: A 150-metre section of a bridge spanning the Arkansas River in Webbers Falls, Okla., collapses, killing 14 people after a barge hits it.

July andAugust 2002: Two bridges in Central China give way, killing a combined 19 people.

September 2001: The Queen Isabella Causeway in Texas collapses after a tow boat captain loses control of a string of barges and currents drive them into a bridge support. Eight people die when their vehicles plummet 26 metres into the channel.

Rescue workers survey the site of an overpass that collapsed onto Highway 19 in Laval, Que., on Sept. 30, 2006. ((Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press))

March 2001: A bridge collapse innorthern Portugal causes a tour bus to plunge into a river, killing more than 50 people.

June 1998: A train travelling from Munich to Hamburg derails in Hanover, Germany, leading to the deaths of 101 people. Sections of the train flip off the tracks, causing the overpass to collapse.

April 1987:A bridge on the New York State Thruway near Amsterdam, N.Y., gives way, killing 10 people.

May 1980: The Sunshine Skyway Bridgeacross Tampa Bay collapses, killing 35 people. A ship hit the bridge during a storm, sending vehicles plummeting into the water.

With files from the Canadian Press