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Semi-truck accident causes bridge to collapse

Many of us here in Michigan have heard the news that a trucking accident in Washington state caused a bridge to collapse yesterday. Luckily, no one was killed in the truck accident or the subsequent collapse, which caused two vehicles to fall into the river below. Three people were transported to hospitals and the extent of their injuries is unclear.

It has been reported that the truck was carrying an oversized load at the time of the accident, during which an overhead bridge girder was struck, causing a span of the bridge to plunge into the Skagit River.

The incident took place at about 7 p.m. yesterday evening on a four-lane Interstate 5 bridge. The bridge is located near Mount Vernon.

The state patrol has now reported that the tractor-trailer was carrying an oversized load of drilling equipment when the top right corner struck multiple trusses on the bridge. While the patrol says that the load was too tall for the bridge's clearance, the trucking company has stated that it had a permit to carry the oversized load across that bridge.

The company also claims that it had a local escort navigating the route for the driver--but it is unclear whether this escort was provided or approved by the state.

The Department of Transportation was said that there were not any signs near the bridge indicating its clearance.

This accident, of course, could have been much worse. Many news reports have compared it to the 2007 bridge collapse in Minneapolis, which caused the deaths of 13 people.

After any truck accident, or any accident involving weakened infrastructure like bridges, there is a multitude of information that needs to be investigated. Truck accidents often involve oversized loads and other questionable issues. This is why truck accident victims are often wise to ensure their personal injury attorneys investigate these matters to determine who is responsible for the accident and liable for any injuries.

 

Source: Associated Press, "Canadian trucking co. says it had Wash. permit to cross I-5 bridge that collapsed," May 24, 2013

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