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I-5 Bridge Survivor Recalls Plunge From Bridge

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - A survivor of Washington's Interstate 5 bridge collapse says plunging off the highway was "like a roller coaster where you're not attached to the tracks."
Bryce Kenning, of Mount Vernon, was on his way to a pick-up hockey game in Bellingham when the bridge seemed to explode in front of him in a cloud of dust. The 20-year-old slammed the brakes and could see the edge of the pavement, but there was nothing he could do.
The car plunged nose-first into the water. The airbags deployed, and Kenning panicked because he couldn't see and couldn't get his door open. He says the water was flooding into the car and up to his waist when he took a deep breath, pulled the passenger door handle and kicked as hard as he could.
The door opened, and he climbed out and onto the roof to await rescue.