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Section of McKinley Bridge collapses

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This backhoe fell on a nearby building after part of the McKinley Bridge collapsed Thursday (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – No one was hurt Thursday when a section of the closed McKinley Bridge collapsed.

Fire officials say a private company working for the Illinois Department of Transportation was doing demolition work. They think that work - combined with the bridge's age - led to the collapse.

A piece of heavy construction equipment and part of the bridge fell onto a nearby storage building, but no one was inside at the time.

The McKinley Bridge has been closed since 2001 because of safety concerns; there are plans, though, to fix and reopen it. The bridge runs over the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Venice, Ill.

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