Washington state bridge collapses, throwing cars into water

May 24, 2013 WASHINGTON The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed Thursday evening, dropping three vehicles into the water and injuring at least three people. Both the northbound and southbound portions of the bridge collapsed into the river sometime before 7 p.m., according to Washington State Patrol trooper Mark Francis. Marcus Deyerin of the Northwest Washington Incident Management Team said a number of cars were on the bridge at the time of the collapse, and three vehicles were dumped into the river. Xavier Grospe, 62, who lives near the river, said he could see three cars with what appeared to be one person per vehicle. The vehicles were sitting still in the water, partially submerged and partly above the waterline, and the apparent drivers were sitting either on top of the vehicles or on the edge of open windows. “It doesn’t look like anybody’s in danger right now,” Grospe said. Rescue crews in at least three boats were able to pull three people from the semi-submerged vehicles, which are tangled in the wreckage of the bridge. All three were taken to a local hospital and the extent of their injuries is not known. Nobody was killed in the collapse. Bart Treece with the Washington State Department of Transportation was unsure when the bridge was last inspected. “All of our bridges in the area are pretty old,” he said. The bridge is not considered structurally deficient but is listed as being “functionally obsolete” – a category meaning that their design is outdated, such as having narrow shoulders are low clearance underneath, according to a database compiled by the Federal Highway Administration. The bridge was built in 1955 and has a sufficiency rating of 57.4 out of 100, according to federal records. That is well below the statewide average rating of 80, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data, but 759 bridges in the state have a lower sufficiency score. According to a 2012 Skagit County Public Works Department, 42 of the county’s 108 bridges that are 50 years or older. The document says eight of the bridges are more than 70 years old and two are over 80. Washington state was given a C in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2013 infrastructure report card and a C- when it came to the state’s bridges. The group said more than a quarter of Washington’s 7,840 bridges are considered structurally deficient of functionally obsolete. WSDOT’s Travis Phelps said his department is already speaking with contractors to rebuild the bridge, but he cautioned that the bridge will be out of commission for the foreseeable future. “This is going to be a long-term situation, so don’t expect this to be fixed by Monday,” he said. WSDOT bridge inspectors are now trying to determine what caused the collapse. They’re investigating reports that an oversized truck hit a portion of the bridge just prior to the collapse. –KOMO News
“As the country ages, infrastructure projects- roads, bridges, dams, electrical grid, water, sewer and waste treatment projects are also falling into increasingly perilous states of disrepair…Nearly five decades of neglect can be more disruptive than a terrorist attack, and nearly just as costly to repair if critical components of the nation’s infrastructure collapsed with little or no warning…there are untold millions of miles of transportation platforms, aging water and sewer lines, communication cables, and energy pathways that are vulnerable to critical system failure.” –The Extinction Protocol, pp. 256-257
contribution Tim – Irene
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10 Responses to Washington state bridge collapses, throwing cars into water

  1. suez says:

    Good thing the water was low enough for them to stand up and walk..We are flooding here. if that would of happened here, they would of been long gone!!

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  2. Terry says:

    Those UAV launched Hellfire missiles don’t come cheap eh.
    Somewhere else has to take a budget cut to pay for all that death n destruction.
    Here’s the net result.
    Graphic huh.

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  3. Shepherd says:

    There was a 5.7 earthquake in Northern California May 23 which shook a large area. Could it have been a contributing factor to bridge collapse?

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    • Yes, and did you see the rust spots. The entire country has a worn out infrastructure the bridges and dams are at there end of there life expectancy and need replacing just as all the EQs have increased great timing and planning!!

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  4. jeffrey says:

    when you buy a tool upkeep is part cost. Shame on these people with this infantile syndrome. Its all about what I want, only me, me, me. Our infrastructure is wasting away because our government doesn’t have the money to pay for the upkeep. Yet they want to drive their big jacked up hulking multiple tens of thousands of dollars vehicle and pay for gas when its lives spent per gallon, they just don’t get it..Its all about prestige, what a waste. Nice truck dude sorry to hear about your small organ. I am an ironworker I have worked on numerous bridges with a career of over twenty five years. I don’t believe it came down because of an oversize truck hitting anything, more likely the truck was over weight or the bridge had structurally degraded to the point of collapse. Probability is that it had degraded.
    Lets be glad nobody was killed and be somewhat wiser about our society here in the US. Look out for each other. Be our brothers keeper so to say.

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  5. Dave's wife says:

    Massive earthquake off coast of Russia, whole continent of Eurasia shaken. Does anyone plot how these earthquakes affect tensions along fault lines? It would be interesting to know if tension is subsequently increased elsewhere, so making earthquakes more likely in specific places.

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    • While there are people out there who keep tabs on quake activity and how it affects other faults, Dave’s wife, those people (such as Extinction Protocol’s Alvin) are still in a distinct minority. It’s really only been within the last couple of years that the seismological community has begun openly talking about what should have been a matter of common sense, which is that when you have an earthquake in one part of the world it changes the pressure gradients along faults in other parts of the world. As far as being able to make accurate predictions based on this principle, no one is ready to step forward and declare that they can, and really I think that they would have to have a clearer understanding of the actual pressures along fault lines and how much they can change after a quake elsewhere before anyone could make such predictions. Personally, since I live on the Oregon coast and keep a close watch on the Cascadia Subduction Zone just offshore, whenever I hear of significant activity anywhere along the edges of the Pacific plate it gets my attention.

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  6. Irene C says:

    We can send billions of dollars to countries that are our sworn enemies, but we can’t spend a dime on our own people. How sad. I have crossed many large bridges in my lifetime and I always say a prayer before I cross. I remember back in the 1960’s, the Silver Bridge collapsed into the Ohio River during the Christmas season. The bridge was crowded with Christmas shoppers. Over 30 people died and many were seriously injured. Even as a child, I’ll never forget the feeling I had that I couldn’t trust what I thought should be safe. You would think we would learn, but then I guess that’s wishful thinking.

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    • suez says:

      I have to correct you on that Irene, LOL You and I are not sending millions over to our enemy, O-bummer is!!! And yes it is sickening!! But God is the Judge, and he will have his vengeance upon those that have forsaken his name and his people!! And Jesus is coming soon to take his people home, That is our blessed hope!!

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