"I probably would have went through the windshield," he said. "I'm just so glad I was wearing it. So, thanks, Mom, for telling me to wear my seat belt."
At least four people are confirmed dead and 79 were injured in the catastrophe that left a horrific pile of rubble. As many as 20 to 30 people are reported missing and city officials expect the death toll to climb as the recovery effort continues today.
Moments after the collapse, the injured were pulled from their cars and rushed to waiting ambulances.
"I fell about 30, 40 feet. On the way down I thought I was dead. I literally thought I was dead," said one survivor who plummeted into the river. "My truck was completely facedown. It was folded in half. I can't believe I am alive."
For family members desperate to find loved ones, the search was sometimes frustrating.
"Two of 'em are in here. One's at Robbinsdale [hospital]. We don't know where the other one's at," said a distraught family member who had not been able to locate her sister.
As the recovery resumes today, the city is coming together.
"Our hearts and our prayers go out tonight to the families and the friends of the victims of one of the most tragic nights in the history of Minneapolis," Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said.