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Washington State Bridge Collapses; Car Plunges Into Water

A Washington state bridge collapsed on Thursday evening sending two pickup truck drivers into the water. According to reporters at CBS News, authorities are working to find out the cause which might have led to the partial collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge.

Dan Sligh and his wife were supposed to enjoy their camping trip, but their plans were shattered by the imminent collapse of the Interstate-5 bridge in Washington state. The two passengers did not manage to stop the car when the bridge started to fall apart and they plunged in the water. They survived the incident, but had to be taken to the hospital to get medical treatments for the superficial wounds they have suffered. Doctors at the Skagit Valley Hospital, where Dan and his wife were transported, confirmed there were no victims during the incident.

Marcus Deyerin, a spokesman for the Northwest Washington Incident Management Team, told the press that only two vehicles plunged in the water during the collapse. None of the passengers were injured, but the team will continue to investigate the scene to eliminate all doubts. Authorities will talk to the people that were involved in the accident and those who have witnessed the event to figure out what happened on the bridge that is located 60 miles north of Seattle in Skagit County.

At the first look, the structure of the 58-year-old bridge doesn’t seem to have been too frail to support vehicles. Police officers believe the driver of a commercial truck might be responsible for the incident. It is possible that the truck hit the side of the bridge weakening its structure and causing it to collapse. Officials have no evidence in support of their suppositions as they haven’t been able to speak with the driver yet.

Whether the heavy truck was responsible or not for the bridge collapse, the event has opened a new debate related to the safety of America’s infrastructure. Barry LePatner, author of “Too Big to Fall: America’s Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward,” claims most U.S. bridges need to undergo various restoration works to avoid similar accidents in the future.

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