Former Editor in Critical Condition After Bridge Collapse

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By: A former newspaper editor was among the about 100 people injured when an interstate bridge collapsed in Minneapolis.

A family friend said that Garrett Ebling, 32, of Minnetonka, was in his red Ford Focus on the Interstate 35W bridge when it collapsed into the Mississippi River on Wednesday. He was listed in critical condition Friday evening at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Ebling suffered internal injuries, along with a broken leg and fractures to the bones in his face, said Diane Anderson, a friend of his mother's who accompanied her to the hospital.

Ebling is a New Ulm native and graduate of New Ulm High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He worked as managing editor for the Faribault Daily News and previously at several newspapers in Virginia. Recently he took a job in the corporate office of Great Clips, Inc., in Minnetonka.

Anderson said Ebling's family doesn't know why he was on the bridge when it collapsed. She said he had just been engaged on Sunday and that his fiance is with him at the hospital.

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