I-5 bridge collapses in NW Washington - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

UPDATE: Vehicle was supposed to check clearance for truck that caused bridge collapse

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (WKOW) -- A special car traveled the route before the Canadian trucker did to ensure the load would fit, according to the trucker's wife.

The state confirmed there was a vehicle escort for the load.

Cynthia Scott, of Spruce Grove, Alberta, says she spoke with her husband, Bill Scott, moments after he saw the bridge fall into a river in his rear-view mirror.

The Washington State Patrol says the oversize load of drilling equipment hit an upper support girder on the bridge.


MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (WKOW) -- Investigators say an oversize truck caused an interstate bridge to collapse in Washington State.

The State Patrol Chief updated the situation early Friday morning. He told an overnight news conference a truck hit an overhead span on Interstate 5 around 7:00 p.m. Thursday. The truck made it off the bridge and the driver stayed at the scene to cooperate with investigators.

That incident caused part of the bridge to collapse into the Skagit River in Mount Vernon. Two vehicles went into the water. Three people were rescued and are recovering.


MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (WKOW) -- Three people were hospitalized after part of an Interstate bridge collapsed in a river in Washington.

Authorities say no one was killed when the I-5 highway bridge crashed into the Skagit River Thursday evening. Two people rescued from the water had hypothermia, police said.

Divers were searching the river into the evening and plan to head back out Friday morning.

Authorities aren't sure why the bridge collapsed. The National Transportation Safety Board said they will send a team to investigate.


MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (WKOW) -- Authorities say no one was killed when part of a bridge collapsed over a river north of Seattle.

The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon collapsed around 7 p.m. PDT.

The collapse dumped vehicles and people into the water.

A spokesman for the Northwest Washington Incident Management team said there were no fatalities or suspected fatalities. He said three people were rescued from the water and sent to area hospitals. He did not know the extent of their injuries.

Dive teams continued to search the water Thursday night.

KOMO News, the ABC affiliate in Seattle, reports that the Washington State Department of Transportation was unsure when the bridge was last inspected. Spokesman Bart Treece said, "All of our bridges in the area are pretty old."


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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