Driver described as 'horrified' after causing bridge collapse


Associated Press

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 1:00 PM

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The truck driver whose oversized load is blamed for causing last night's bridge collapse in Washington state was "just horrified" when he saw what happened.

That's according to the wife of truck driver William Scott.

Cynthia Scott says she spoke to him just seconds after it happened. He told her that as he drove over the bridge, he looked in the rear-view mirror, and the bridge just "dropped out of sight."

The load of drilling equipment hit an overhead girder on the bridge on Interstate 5, the main route between Seattle and Canada. It sent a section of the highway into the Skagit (SKA'-jiht) River, along with two vehicles. But all three people in those vehicles escaped with only minor injuries.

The driver voluntarily gave a blood sample for an alcohol test, and wasn't arrested.

Officials say it could be weeks before travel returns to normal along the heavily-used corridor.

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225-c-16-(Manuel Valdes, AP correspondent)-"been much action"-AP correspondent Manuel Valdes reports inspectors are examining the collapsed bridge, but the debris is being left in place. (24 May 2013)

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226-c-09-(Manuel Valdes, AP correspondent)-"in the town"-AP correspondent Manuel Valdes reports truckers who use the highway over the bridge are stranded. (24 May 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: a man is seen sitting atop a car that fell into the Skagit River after the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge, Mount Vernon, Washington, photo on texture, partial graphic (24 May 2013)

APPHOTO WASET104: A collapsed section of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River is seen in an aerial view Friday, May 24, 2013. Part of the bridge collapsed Thursday evening, sending cars and people into the water when an oversized truck hit the span, the Washington State Patrol chief said. Three people were rescued from the water. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday declared a state of emergency in three counties around the bridge, saying that the bridge collapse has caused extensive disruption, impacting the citizens and economy in Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel) (24 May 2013)

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