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Old 05-23-2013, 10:32 PM   #1
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Bridge collapse near my home town today.

I used to go across this bridge every day...on I5 which is the main highway going north/south through Washington State.

http://www.theprovince.com/news/brid...876/story.html

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Old 05-24-2013, 12:32 AM   #2
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Update...looks like an oversized truck struck the bridge, leading to the collapse. Not conformed yet, but there are witnesses saying this.

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Old 05-24-2013, 09:02 AM   #3
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If that is, in fact, the cause, then someone seriously dropped the ball.

All "oversized loads" are required, by law, to submit paperwork to the state department of transportation (or whatever their roadway maintenance and design organization is called) for review to make sure their route can handle whatever they are transporting.

If the truck driver/company didn't submit the paperwork, they are in some serious doo-doo.

If the truck driver/company did submit the paperwork and the DOT approved it, someone at the DOT is in some serious doo-doo.

This simply should not happen.
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:22 AM   #4
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Can't look at the link right now. Any deaths? This is unacceptable.
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:38 AM   #5
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No deaths reported...they are pretty sure there are no other cars other than the 3 they saw, and those people have been rescued.

That's the good news out of this. Traffic in this area is going to suck for quite a while, though it is a more rural area.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:21 PM   #6
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70,000 cars go over this bridge a day. It is the main route from Seattle to Vancouver BC. Due to the age, I hope they go for full replacement rather than repair. It's over 50 years old.

It's going to be a fun afternoon. I have to go by there today and Tuesday
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:55 PM   #7
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If that is, in fact, the cause, then someone seriously dropped the ball.

All "oversized loads" are required, by law, to submit paperwork to the state department of transportation (or whatever their roadway maintenance and design organization is called) for review to make sure their route can handle whatever they are transporting.

If the truck driver/company didn't submit the paperwork, they are in some serious doo-doo.

If the truck driver/company did submit the paperwork and the DOT approved it, someone at the DOT is in some serious doo-doo.

This simply should not happen.
By AP news the company did have the permits for the truck. Here is the news story.


http://apnews.myway.com//article/201...DA6FQ6HO2.html
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:20 PM   #8
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:57 PM   #9
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Wow! That's bad!
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:58 PM   #10
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Looks like I won't be heading up north anytime soon....
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:04 PM   #11
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Spotted around the time the bridge collapsed!

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Old 05-24-2013, 07:08 PM   #12
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Spotted around the time the bridge collapsed!

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