Pilot Car Driver 'Horrified' by I-5 Bridge Collapse Near Mt. Vernon
SEATTLE, Wash. - A pilot car driver who led a commercial truck across the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River as a section of that bridge collapsed last month says she has cooperated in the investigation and did her job properly.
In a statement released Wednesday, Tammy DeTray says she takes her job very seriously and "was horrified" by the collapse of a 160-foot bridge section.
Authorities have said the bridge segment crumbled when a girder was struck by an oversize load on a truck. The truck made it off the bridge but two vehicles went into the water and three people were rescued.
DeTray says she showed National Transportation Safety Board investigators that she had her indicator pole set to verify vertical clearance for the truck, in compliance with regulations for a pilot car.
She says that pole did not touch the bridge because if it did, she says she would have warned the truck driver following her.