Bridge in northwest Washington collapses

Posted at 9:09 PM, May 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-24 05:44:58-04

MOUNT VERON, Wash. – A bridge in northwest Washington collapsed Thursday, sending people and vehicles into the water.

Q13 FOX say the collapse occurred on Interstate 5 over the Skagit River near Mount Vernon, which is located about an hour north of Seattle.

Witnesses say it appears that an truck with an oversize load struck the bridge, causing it to bounce and fall. Three vehicles reportedly fell in the water.

People were reportedly sitting on top of their submerged cars as rescue boats scoured the river. Local law enforcement say all victims have been pulled from the river and transported to local hospitals, but a dive team was conducting a final search to see if anyone else was stuck.

The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office says that at least three people have been pulled from the river and taken to a hospital. They are in stable condition. There were no fatalities.

The bridge was built in 1953 and was last inspected in 2012.