MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – A bridge collapsed over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon on Thursday evening after a truck carrying an oversized load slammed into a section of the bridge, as cars plummeted into the river.
It happened around 7 p.m. Thursday on the four-lane Interstate 5 bridge near Mount Vernon, about 60 miles north of Seattle, disrupting travel in both directions.
At the time of the collapse it was believed that the bridge had collapsed on its own, but later it was discovered that an oversized tractor-trailer, carrying three occupants, struck the overhead portion of the bridge causing the collapse, this according to Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste.
“For reasons unknown at this point in time, the semi struck the overhead of the bridge causing the collapse,” Batiste said.
The truck made it to the other side before the bridge collapsed into the Skagit River. According to officials the driver remained behind to assist and was cooperating with authorities.
Luckily only a couple of cars landed in the Skagit River which is about 15 feet deep, but with the bridge structure in the water the cars were not completely submerged. All occupants were rescued with only minor injuries.
“N/B and S/B lanes of I-5 Skagit River Bridge collapsed,” State Trooper Mark Francis posted on Twitter. “People and cars in water.”
At the time of the collapse one person was seen sitting on top of a vehicle, while another vehicle was observed underwater.
All traffic was halted backing up the heavily used section of highway for miles in both directions.
Drivers in the area were told to expect delays and detours were being set up to relieve congestion, but to avoid the area if possible.
According to Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson, the bridge had been inspected twice last year and repairs were made. Peterson said transportation officials are already working on plans for either a temporary or permanent replacement.
“It’s an older bridge that needs a lot of work just like a good number of bridges around the state,” she said.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – A bridge collapsed Thursday evening over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon, Wash. as cars plummeted into the river.
According to King5 news the Interstate 5 bridge collapsed around 7 p.m. causing vehicles and people to plummet into the river below.
According to State Trooper Mark Francis, the four-lane bridge collapsed for unknown reason and there was no immediate estimates of how many people may have fallen into the river.
The Skagit Valley Herald had a reporter on scene and said a sheriff’s rescue boat was on scene and crews were looking for people in the water.
“N/B and S/B lanes of I-5 Skagit River Bridge collapsed,” Francis posted on Twitter. “People and cars in water.”
One person was seen sitting on top of a vehicle, while another vehicle was observed underwater.
All traffic was halted and traffic was backed up for miles.
In a statement released by The National Basketball Association this morning, they said:
“The NBA received an executed Purchase and Sale Agreement for the transfer of a controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings from the Maloof family to an investor group led by Christopher Hansen and Microsoft billionaire Steve Ballmer. The proposed transaction is subject to the approval of the NBA Board of Governors and has been referred to the Board’s committee process for review.”
Sunday night there were reports that the Maloof family had sold the team.
If the deal is approved by the NBA’s board of governors, the team would move to Seattle next season and would be renamed to the Super Sonics, after that franchise left Seattle for Oklahoma City in 2008.A sale price wasn’t release, but the entire franchise is believed to be worth around $525 million.
Sacramento officials are vowing to continue moving forward with plans to bring in a rival investor group and make the case for keeping the team in Sacramento.
“When it comes to keeping the team in our community, Sacramento is playing to win,” the mayor said Sunday night in a prepared statement.
There have been a number of suitors eying the Kings over the past year, but nothing has solidified
Arena operator AEG recently committed $59 million to a downtown project to help build an arena. The deal may prove to be a strong argument to keep the team in Sacramento.
Sleep Train Arena is woefully unsuited for an NBA team and has proved lackluster in drawing larger acts to the arena due to their low capacity compared to larger concert venues in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Let the games begin.