Bridge Collapse in Washington State

Posted at 3:58 AM, May 24, 2013

SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. – A bridge in Washington has collapsed into the Skagit River, sending cars and people into the water.

At this time, it appears only three people and their vehicles plunged into the river, along with a large segment of the bridge.  Police believe everyone was rescued, but they were still searching the waters early Friday to make sure nobody else was unaccounted for.  Amazingly, officials say there were no fatalities.

It’s not clear what made the section of the bridge on Interstate 5 near Mount Vernon collapse, but a traffic incident may have weakened the structure.  A State Trooper said that an 18-wheelerhad had crashed into the bridge at some point.

The bridge was first constructed in 1955.