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Interstate 5 Bridge Over Skagit River Collapses

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UPDATE/MOUNT VERNON, Wash.  - Authorities say there were no fatalities when an Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed.
    
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 didn't know the extent of their injuries.

A search of the river continues and a dive team was on scene as well as several rescue boats still on the river.

Skagit County Sheriff says there are no plans or need to search for anyone in the Skagit River, unless they receive reports of a missing person.

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- Washington State Department of Transportation confirms an oversized load did strike the Interstate 5 bridge before it collapsed into the Skagit River.

One witness said he could see three partially submerged cars with what appeared to be one person per vehicle.

 

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- Two patients are in ambulances, being transported to the hospital now after suffering injuries from the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsing.

Responders continue to search downstream by boat and helicopter.

One witness said he could see three partially submerged cars with what appeared to be one person per vehicle.

The bridge was built in 1955 and has a sufficiency rating of 57.4 out of 100, according to federal records. That is well below the statewide average rating of 80, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data, but 759 bridges in the state have a lower sufficiency score.
   
According to a 2012 Skagit County Public Works Department, 42 of the county's 108 bridges that are 50 years or older. The document says eight of the bridges are more than 70 years old and two are over 80.
   
Washington state was given a C in the American Society of Civil Engineers' 2013 infrastructure report card and a C- when it came to the state's bridges. The group said more than a quarter of Washington's 7,840 bridges are considered structurally deficient of functionally obsolete.

 

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- Washington State Patrol confirms an I-5 bridge over the Skagit River has collapsed and at least two cars with people inside are in the water.

A WSP trooper says the four lane bridge collapsed about 7 p.m.
   
The trooper 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.

The incident has closed all northbound and southbound lanes, traffic is reportedly backed up significantly on I-5.



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