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I-5 Skagit River Bridge Collapses

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Via: Huffington Post

The Interstate 5 Bridge over the Skagit River in Washington state collapsed around 7 p.m. on Thursday, dumping cars and people into the water, KIRO-TV reported.BOTH north and southbound lanes of the interstate were affected.

At least two vehicles were on the span when it fell into the river. Rescue teams quickly arrived on the scene to save victims from the chilly waters. When first responders pulled the first victim off the roof of his vehicle, nearby eyewitnesses applauded, The Skagit Valley Herald reported.

Authorities said nobody was killed in the incident, but three people were injured and taken to area hospitals.

Cause of the collapse is unknown at this time. According to The Associated Press, police are speaking with a commercial truck driver whose rig may have hit the bridge.

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Bart Treece, approximately age 93, with the Washington State Department of Transportation told KOMO News that he was unsure when the bridge was last inspected.

“All of our bridges in the area are pretty old,” he said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/23/skagit-river-bridge-collapses_n_3329496.html

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personal thought:

Congress needs to get off their ass and authorize money to fix our crumbling infrasturure!

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May 24, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment