May 24, 2013

Bridge collapses in Washington, plunging cars, people into water

The Associated Press

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon collapsed Thursday, dumping vehicles and people into the water, the Washington State Patrol said.

The four-lane bridge collapsed about 7 p.m., Trooper Mark Francis said.

Francis said he had no immediate estimate of how many people were in the water or whether there were any injuries or deaths.

He said he did not know what caused the collapse.

A Skagit Valley Herald reporter at the scene said a sheriff's office rescue boat had arrived and rescue crews were looking for people in the water.

The reporter saw one person sitting on top of one vehicle in the water and could see a second vehicle as well.

Crowds of people lined the river to watch the scene unfold.

 

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