Railroad worker who fell into Neb. river missing

Officials had not yet found a man who fell into the raging Elkhorn River after a railroad bridge collapsed. Norfolk Fire Chief Shane Weidner said Wednesday that air searches were being done because the area was too dangerous to search on the ground or by boat.

Ground and boat searches will begin once the river recedes enough to make searches safe. Weidner says he would not guess whether the man was still alive. Three Nebraska Central Railroad workers were checking the bridge when it collapsed.

One worker was able to reach safety by himself; the second was rescued by emergency workers who floated a boat to him.

The railroad's attorney says he believes the three were checking the bridge without being assigned the task. Their names were not released.