May 24, 2013 12:28 AM by Jeanette Trompeter

Interstate bridge collapse in Washington state dumps cars and people in water below

A four-lane highway bridge collapsed tonight in Washington state dumping vehicles and people into the water. The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed around 7 this evening.

The bridge is about 60-miles North of Seattle, and stretches from the North Cascades National Park to a cluster of islands off the Washington coast.

As rescue crews arrived on scene people were standing and sitting on their vehicles, but tonight it appears all of those who fell have been rescued safely. KING-TV in Seattle reports three people have been pulled from the water and were being taken to hospitals.

In August of 2007 an Interstate bridge over the Mississipi river collapsed in Minneapolis. 13 people died, and 145 were injured prompting bridge inspections nationwide.

According to the Associated Press, the Washington bridge was not considered structurally deficient, but is listed as being "functionally obsolete".

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 or functionally obsolete.



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