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Washington state was given a C in the American Society of Civil Engineers' 2013 infrastructure report card and a C when it came to the state's bridges. The group said more than a quarter of Washington's 7,840 bridges are considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
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Sligh said his shoulder was dislocated in the drop into the water, and he found himself "belly deep in water in the truck." He said he popped his shoulder back in and called out to his wife, who he described as Chicago Bulls Hats Snapback being in shock initially as they waited for rescuers to arrive in boats.
said Marcus Deyerin, a spokesman for the Northwest Washington Incident Management Team. "At this point we're optimistic."
"The bridge just went down, it crashed through the water," he said. "It was really surreal."
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don't think anyone else went into the water. At this point we're optimistic.
"It's not something you see every day," said Jimmy O'Connor, the owner of two local pizza restaurants who was driving on another bridge parallel to the one that collapsed. "People were starting to crawl out of their cars."
He said work has already started to design detours, but state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson asked people to avoid I 5 in the area for the next several days.
The bridge was about 50 feet above the water. Deyerin said it appeared that two vehicles a car and the pickup with the travel trailer attached fell into the river. He said the water depth was about 15 feet, and the vehicles half visible in the water likely were resting on portions of the collapsed bridge.
The bridge was built in 1955 and has a sufficiency rating of 57.4 out of 100, according to federal records. That is well below the statewide average rating of 80, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data, but 759 bridges in the state have a lower sufficiency score.
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The National Transportation Safety Board was sending an investigative team.
The bridge was not classified as structurally deficient, but a Federal Highway Administration database listed it as being "functionally obsolete" a category meaning that the design is outdated, such as having narrow shoulders and low clearance underneath.
He said he and his girlfriend were about 400 yards away on the Burlington Bridge when they heard "just a loud bang."
"The I 5 corridor is totally disrupted," said Gov. Jay Inslee, who went to the scene Thursday night.
State Patrol detectives and the patrol's commercial vehicle enforcement bureau troopers spoke to a commercial truck driver whose rig struck the structure.
"Then we looked over and saw the bridge was down in the water," he said.
Jeremiah Thomas, a volunteer firefighter, said he was driving nearby when he glimpsed something out of the corner of his eye and turned to look.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."
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"I hit the brakes and we went off," Sligh told reporters from a hospital, adding he "saw the water approaching . you hold on as tight as you can."
According to a 2012 Skagit County Public Works Department report, 42 of the county's 108 bridges are 50 years or older. The document says eight of the bridges are more than 70 years old and two are over 80.
Sligh and his wife were taken to Skagit Valley Hospital with non life threatening injuries. The other man was reported in stable condition at United General Hospital in Sedro Woolley, hospital CEO Greg Reed said.
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"We do have the truck driver who remained at the scene. We've had initial conversations with him to get an indication as to what occurred," said State Patrol Chief John Batiste.
Traffic along the heavily travelled route could be affected for some time.
He pulled over and saw three vehicles in the water, including the camping trailer that landed upside down, he said.
Sligh, his wife and another man in a different vehicle were dumped into the chilly waters of the Skagit River when the span collapsed Houston Astros Hat
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