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Skagit River Bridge Collapsed

May 24th, 2013 at 03:32 am

We go over this bridge all the time, once or twice a month. We were just on it 11 days ago. There are people trapped in the water. It is really scary to see something like this on the news, happening in a place I am so familiar with. First thing we did was make sure our neighbor was home safe. She works in Seattle and commutes over this bridge ten times a week.

That part of the freeway people are going 60 to 65 MPH. It's four lanes of traffic. I can't even imagine. I am just glad that rush hour was over when it happened because it could have been so much worse. My mother was going to be going over that bridge tomorrow on her way to visit relatives in Eastern Washington. It's a very unsettling thought.

I hope they get the people out soon. A couple are sitting on top of their cars and one person is trapped inside a truck. Head above water, apparently, but they are worried about hypothermia. It just seems crazy that something like this can just happen. One minute a solid foundation, the next plunging into the water.

I think I'll be glued to the news tonight.

10 Responses to “Skagit River Bridge Collapsed”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh my gosh!!!! That is just awful! Please, please let rescues be successful and fast! I can't imagine! And people were travelling highway speeds! Oh! Was it a high bridge?

  2. Petunia in an Flower Garden Says:

    It's one of my irrational fears to be on a bridge that collapses. . . I sometimes have to keep myself from hyperventilating when I'm driving over a bridge. . . we were to drive over that bridge tomorrow. . . we'll be taking a detour.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Joan, it was not a high bridge. That is something to be thankful for. They've gotten two people out so far.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Petunia, I don't particularly like bridges either, especially the old ones like this, built in the 1950s.

  5. baselle Says:

    I'm watching the news now. KIRO in Seattle has a WSDOT engineer mentioning "an over height vehicle" causing it by striking one of the girders. Doesn't look like anyone is going to be crossing that bridge any time soon.

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  7. CB in the City Says:

    I have a fear of bridges, too. I hope everyone is safely rescued.

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Everyone was rescued and they are stable this morning. They are reporting only minor injuries. Of course their vehicles are totalled, but the fact that no one was seriously hurt is much more important.

  9. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm glad no one was hurt! When I first heard about it, my heart sunk thinking we were going to be hearing about multiple causalities.

  10. LuckyRobin Says:

    Yeah, me too. It could have been so much worse.

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