UPDATE: I-5 Bridge Collapses in Washington

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The Washington State Patrol says the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon has collapsed, dumping vehicles and people into the water.

Credit: KOMO

UPDATE: 5/24/13 10:36 AM CDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) -- A trooper says the truck whose oversize load caused the collapse of an interstate bridge in Washington state was hauling drilling equipment from Canada.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis told the Skagit Valley Herald the driver works Mullen Trucking in Alberta. Francis says the tractor-trailer was hauling drilling equipment housing to Vancouver, Wash.

Francis says the truck was marked as an oversize load. He says the top right front corner of the load struck several trusses on the bridge.

An accident report says the driver was William Scott, of Spruce Grove, Alberta, near Edmonton. He voluntarily gave a blood sample for an alcohol test and was not arrested.

Witness Francisco Rodriguez looked at the damage Tuesday evening and realized the area has lost an important transportation link.


UPDATE: 5/23/13 10:35 PM CDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington State Patrol says the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon has collapsed, dumping vehicles and people into the water.

Trooper Mark Francis says the four-lane bridge collapsed about 7 p.m. PDT.

Francis says he has no immediate estimate of how many people are in the water or whether there are any injuries or deaths.

He doesn't know what caused the collapse.

A Skagit Valley Herald reporter at the scene says a sheriff's office rescue boat has arrived and rescue crews are looking for people in the water.

The reporter saw one person sitting atop one vehicle in the water and could see a second vehicle as well.

The newspaper reports that crowds of people are lining the river to watch the scene unfold.


MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington State Patrol says the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon has collapsed, dumping vehicles and people into the water.

Trooper Mark Francis said the four-lane bridge collapsed about 7 p.m.

Francis says he has no idea how many people are in the water or whether there are any injuries or deaths.

He did not know what caused the collapse.


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