Thursday, May 23, 2013

Skagit River Bridge Collapse

Mt. Vernon I-5 Skagit River Bridge.  Photo credit KING TV.

The spectacular collapse of the Mt. Vernon Skagit River Bridge late this afternoon happened about an hour and a half drive from us, but it is a bridge I have crossed many times. We were not in the area when it collapsed. The section that fell into the river is approximately 54 feet wide, and 160 feet long, carrying four lanes of traffic.

They are reporting no fatalities, and possibly no major injuries, although three people were helicoptered to the hospital. It is being reported that a large semi truck with a large oversize load hit the inside of the bridge structure, and the bridge collapsed almost instantly. There are no other large bridges in the area, and the bridge carries over 71,000 vehicles per day, so traffic is going to be a mess for some time.


At Friday, May 24, 2013 4:32:00 AM, Blogger David aka True Blue Sam said...

This was on the 10:00 o'clock news last night, and a quick check on Google Earth prompted me to check on you and Jennifer. Thanks for posting soon after; it was a relief.

At Saturday, May 25, 2013 6:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My oldest son Fred was flying the Navy SAR helo & the rescue swimmer was the guy inside the truck at the end of the human chain. As it turned out the man inside the truck is a CPO that is on Fred's base.

If I sound like I'm bragging, please forgive me - it's not everyday you see your son in action.



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