Driver Claims Truck Crowded Oversize Load Before I-5 Bridge Collapse
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Investigators say the driver of an oversized load claims he felt "crowded" by a passing vehicle before striking the Interstate 5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River.
The National Transportation Safety Board says the driver of the oversized load moved to the right in order to accommodate a passing truck and trailer. NTSB investigators say the oversize load collided with the far right side of the truss structure, resulting in the collapse. The right side of the bridge has a lower clearance.
The driver reported that his load was 15 feet 9 inches tall while the lowest portion of the bridge braces was 14 feet 8 inches.
Investigators say they're looking for the truck that passed the oversized load.