The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River in northern Washington state collapsed Thursday evening, sending vehicles and people into the water, the state patrol said. Authorities said there were no deaths, and three people were taken to hospitals.
Trooper Mark Francis told USA Today that no cause for the collapse was known at this time, and it was unknown how many vehicles were in the water.
Kari Ranten, a spokeswoman for Skagit Valley Hospital, said two people who were injured were en route to the facility. She said another person was being transported to a different area hospital.
Washington state Department of Transportation spokesman Travis Phelps told KOMO-TV that investigators are looking into the possibility that an oversize load struck the bridge and triggered the collapse.
The collapse will raise questions about the nation’s infrastructure, which has been a popular issue with President Obama, who earlier this year warned against “raggedy” roads and wants to focus more money on rebuilding to improve the economy.
Washington State officials say a truck apparently hit a part of a bridge, before a section of the bridge collapsed into the Skagit River. Three people were rescued. Officials are certain that everyone who went into the water is accounted for. (May 2
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