Recovery operations and investigation continue in bridge collapse

by Jay Gray
NBC News

Nightfall and still few, if any answers in Minneapolis.

Ronald Engebretsen, a husband said, "Sherri was on that on that bridge, why did that bridge fail?"

Now, more than 24 hours after this bridge cracked and fell apart.

The horror will not go away.

Nor will the heartache for those who have suffered the greatest loss.

"I thought maybe she was just stuck in traffic, of course as time went on last night and she didn't come home, that's when, and then we just started checking hospitals." Said husband, Ronald Engebretsen.

Late Thursday, officials confirmed the Engebretsen familie's deepest fears.

Sherri, a mom, and wife, is never coming home.

It is, a somber reminder that the mangled iron, massive concrete and battered cars that litter this scene are in no way the true measure of what happened here.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Ryback said, "These are horrible images but within each of these images is a story. That car you see hanging in the wreckage is someone's cousin or brother or husband and one story after the other unfolds."

A tragic story like few others in our nation's history, that will continue to unfold for a very long time.

Jay Gray, NBC News, Minneapolis