Interstate Bridge Collapses In Washington, Reports Confirm At Least 1 Fatality
An Interstate bridge in Washington has collapsed, killing at least one person while dumping vehicles and people into the water shortly after 7 p.m. on Thursday, reports KIROTV.
Eyewitnesses described what they saw when the heavily traveled bridge went down, about 65 miles north of Seattle .
“We heard the terrible noise and thought, ‘What in the world was that?’” Rita Miller told KIRO, adding that there “were only two people alive that we could see.”
Miller thought she saw a travel trailer sticking up from the water “but there’s no truck or anything that you can see that would have been hauling it,” she said. The witness also said that a Navy rescue team was on the site with a helicopter with dozens of first responders.
According to KIRO:
The four-lane north and southbound bridge, built in 1955, was used by 70,000 vehicles daily, according to 2010 statistics.
The cause of the collapse has yet to be determined, however the National Weather Service said there was nothing unusual with current, recent river levels or the forecast.
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