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Trucker Bumps I-5 Bridge,
Sees Horror Behind Him

Associated Press, by Manuel Valdes & Mike Baker

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Posted By:ledwith, 5/25/2013 11:10:14 AM

Mt. Vernon, Wash. - The trucker was hauling a load of drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him. Two vehicles fell into the icy Skagit River. Amazingly, nobody was killed. The three people who fell into the water escaped with only minor injuries. Officials are trying to find out whether the spectacular collapse of a bridge on one of the West's most important roadways was a fluke — or a sign of a bigger problem with thousands of

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A description of the accident that closed a major artery between Washington state and Canada made interesting by the Governor´s comments. He estimates that it will be ´weeks´ if not ´months´ to repair of replace the bridge span. And, no one challenges such an admission of an absolute sclerotic government. The SeeBees in WWII could build a bridge in a day, and airfield in a week. All it requires is the will and a can do spirit. What America use to have naturally.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: corndoggies, 5/25/2013 11:20:10 AM     (No. 9345066)

There was a tanker fire a few weeks ago at a major intersection in Harrisburg, PA, where 81 and 22/322 intersect. Happened on the middle deck of a three tier deck intersection.

PDOT said it will be 2 - 3 months before it´s opened. And I´ll believe that when it happens but I´m betting closer to a year per what OP said.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jsanders, 5/25/2013 11:41:48 AM     (No. 9345089)

Trucks cause bridge collapses...we should ban all trucks..

so sayeth every brain-dead liberal...but then I´b being redundant...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mc squared, 5/25/2013 12:25:28 PM     (No. 9345133)

I should think bridges withstand vehicle crashes every day but they´re going to get a fall guy.

The SeeBees didn´t need environmental studies nor RFPs for contractors.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: thomthomp, 5/25/2013 12:31:17 PM     (No. 9345137)

The truck was hauling drilling equipment. It´s surprising the AP headline was not "Fracking Causes Bridge Collapse".

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 5/25/2013 12:32:55 PM     (No. 9345138)

#4, I read somewhere that REPUBLICANS caused it. Seriously, it was one of the ´Rats leaders that came up with that one.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: comstock, 5/25/2013 12:35:20 PM     (No. 9345140)

The truck driver had a proper permit. He even hired local escorts to help navigate the route. The State knew the route he was taking and the size of the load. They collected their permit fees, but didn´t go over the route and determine the bridge might have clearance problems. Ditto the "local escorts" who, presumably are licensed. The bridge lacked warnings that the overhead was lower at the sides than in the center.

Don´t blame the truck driver. I know he´s ultimately responsible, but others failed to do their jobs as well.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: phx4546, 5/25/2013 12:54:29 PM     (No. 9345157)

was the driver a union member? Maybe it was the unions not the GOP that caused the crash?

Only kidding ...it was an accident, thats all.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: TXknitter, 5/25/2013 1:07:12 PM     (No. 9345172)

WHy do public works´ projects take FOREVER to complete? Why is it never ever cost effective? Can you spell Unions?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Babsathome, 5/25/2013 1:12:24 PM     (No. 9345178)

Okay read the AP article. No surprise some eyewitness accounts were missing. Doesn´t cover the fact that a Navy Chief from NAS Whidbey stated he saw the truck forced into the steel framework by a second tractor trailer even though all the safety precautions had been taken the second one forced the wide load over. It would be interesting to hear the conclusion once the incident is thoroughly investigated. I totally agree with the posters who are shocked at how long it would take to rebuild that portion of I 5. It is a pretty simple project for some Reserve SeaBees to do during their active duty time. Tag team it quickly. I suspect Gov. Inslee wants to take this chance to replace and expand existing structure. Yes that would drag Patty (duh) Murray and Maria Cantwell into the limelight along with Rick Larsen. All Dims who would get fifteen minutes of fame. Not a pragmatist amongst them JMHO

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Illinois Mom, 5/25/2013 1:15:56 PM     (No. 9345181)

This bridge did not collapse. It is impossible. Obama´s $700M+ stimulus fixed all of the bad roads and bridges.

He said it was his first priority since George Bush cause the Minneapolis bridge to fall.

What? You say the stimulus money went to union cronies an not to infrastructure?

So IF bridge collapses it MUST be the fault of ONE truck driver.

Obama was kept out of the loop.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: coyote, 5/25/2013 1:21:04 PM     (No. 9345186)

Actually some recent surveys say roads and bridges are in better shape nationwide than they have ever been. This doesn´t mean there are no problems, just that roads have not been so good in the past.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: oh-heck, 5/25/2013 1:36:03 PM     (No. 9345200)

The load, a massive steel object moving at the speed of the truck, struck several of the structural elements of the bridge. These crippled, causing the span to shorten until it dropped off the supports. A normal trailer hitting a low bridge would damage the trailer, but most of the energy would go toward ripping the top off the trailer. You don´t design bridges to take this kind of abuse to the structural elements.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: marthaville, 5/25/2013 1:57:32 PM     (No. 9345216)

Send Obama and Crazy Joe out to fix it. They will fix it good.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: belwhatter, 5/25/2013 2:41:36 PM     (No. 9345257)

To add to #9´s statement, State Senator Doug Ericksen from Ferndale told radio KGMI host Dillon Honcoop that of the state´s Roads and Bridges maintenance fund, only 50% of it actually goes to fund roads and bridges infrastructure. The other 50% is directed into pushing the public transportation notion designed to force - yes, force, because this a democrat controlled state -force people out of their cars into buses or onto bicycles. It´s the green thing the United Nations has co-erced the gullible into doing under the mantra of Agenda 21.
Another construction expert has stated that this bridge was designed to shear off a section should a destructive impact occur.It is little short of miraculous that there weren´t more vehicles involved - but two semis passing each other would take up nough bridge length to minimise room for other traffic.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: southernboy, 5/25/2013 2:46:13 PM     (No. 9345260)

FTA: “..He estimates that it will be ´weeks´ if not ´months´ to repair of replace the bridge span…”

First it will have to be determined that no endangered spiders, scorpions or frogs live within 2000 yards of the new structure…If so, a bypass bridge may have to built further up or down the river.
It will take a while. The incoming administration will have to fund it in 2016.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Spidey, 5/25/2013 3:12:17 PM     (No. 9345284)

Of course they´ll drag their feet on it to make a political football out of it. the hell with inconvenienced drivers.

It´s also going to be a liability football when the lawsuits hit.

Maybe the strippers in British Columbia will take up a collection to get it fixed.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: craige, 5/25/2013 4:25:08 PM     (No. 9345332)

This is actually a very GOOD NEWS story: "Amazingly, nobody was killed. The three people who fell into the water escaped with only minor injuries."

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