A huge bridge collapsed into the river in the North West part of Washington after a big lorry hit a girder. The impact was so heavy that vehicles and people were pushed into the water. The state officials have said that there are no fatalities and three people have been saved from drowning into the Skagit River.
This bridge is a four-lane one and is located close to Mount Vernon, on the main road between the cities of Vancouver, Canada and Seattle. The lorry was carrying heavy drilling equipment, most of it was stuck out. They hit some of the trusses of the bridge, according to the information given by Mark Francis, the Washington State Patrol trooper.
The lorry is owned by Mullen Trucking in Alberta, Canada. The company said that it had the permit to carry the equipment across the bridge. The Washington State Transport Secretary Lynn Peterson in his statement said that bridge had undergone repairs and was inspected for quality twice in 2012. The bridge is not termed as ‘structurally deficient’ but the Federal Highway Administration has called the bridge ‘functionally obsolete’ which implies that the design is outdated due to its thin shoulders and low clearance. The bridge was built in the year 1955.
There are 607,380 bridges in all in the US, out of which one in every nine bridges has structural problems. The average age for a bridge in the US is 42 years.
Skagit River bridge collapse – pictures