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UPDATE: No Fatalities In I-5 Bridge Collapse

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - The Interstate 5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River was built in 1955 and was inspected two times last year in August and November.
Transportation Department spokesman Noel Brady in Seattle says it had a sufficiency rating of 47 out of 100. The state average is 80, according to an Associated Press analysis.
Brady says the bridge was 1,112 feet long and 180 feet wide with two lanes in each direction. There were four spans or sections over the water supported by piers. The span on the north side is the one that collapsed. The bridge was about 25 feet over the river.
It was a steel truss bridge, meaning it had a boxy steel frame. The vertical clearance from the roadway to the overhead supports was 14.6 feet.


MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Transportation Department says 71,000 vehicles a day used the stretch of Interstate 5 through Mount Vernon that is now blocked by the collapse of the Skagit River bridge.
Mount Vernon is about 60 miles north of Seattle and 40 miles south of the Canada Border. The roadblock on both directions of I-5 is expected to cause a major disruption in trade and tourism between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Transportation Department has set up detours. The closest is within sight of the I-5 bridge and mostly used for local traffic between Mount Vernon and Burlington.
The department also is recommending detours using Highway 20 and Highway 9 that add tens of miles to a trip.
Officials are urging drivers to avoid the area if possible.


MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol chief says the Interstate 5 bridge collapse into the Skagit (SKA'-jiht) River at Mount Vernon was caused by an oversize truck.
Chief John Batiste (buh-TEEST') told an overnight news conference that the truck hit an overhead span. The truck made it off the bridge and the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
Two other vehicles went into the water Thursday evening as the bridge collapsed. Three people were rescued and are recovering.
Officials said drivers should expect delays at the break in the major north-south highway about 60 miles north of Seattle. Detours have been set up to try to ease the congestion.


MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say there were no fatalities when an Interstate 5 bridge over a river north of Seattle collapsed.
The Thursday evening bridge failure dumped vehicles and people into the water.
Marcus Deyerin, 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.


UPDATE: MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - Washington state authorities say no fatalities in Interstate 5 bridge collapse.


The Washington State Patrol says the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon collapsed Thursday evening, dumping vehicles and people into the water.
Trooper Mark Francis says the four-lane bridge collapsed about 7 p.m.
Francis had no immediate estimate of how many people were in the water or whether there were any injuries or deaths.
He did not know what caused the collapse.
A Skagit Valley Herald reporter at the scene says a sheriff's office rescue boat has arrived and rescue crews are looking for people in the water.
The reporter saw one person sitting atop one vehicle in the water and could see a second vehicle as well.
The newspaper reported that crowds of people lined the river to watch the scene unfold.

Governor Jay Inslee is headed to the scene where he will be joined by WPS Chief John Batiste and WSDOT Sec. Lynn Peterson.

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