Washington governor declares state of emergency for bridge


Associated Press

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in three counties around a collapsed Interstate 5 bridge.
Inslee said in his proclamation Friday that the bridge collapse has caused extensive disruption, impacting the citizens and economy in Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties.
The governor is instructing the emergency management division of the Washington State Military Department to coordinate all assistance to the affected areas.
Inslee says state agencies should do everything reasonably possible to assist the local areas in responding and recovering from the event.

Earlier story:

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - The wife of a Canadian trucker whose rig caused the collapse of a Washington bridge says a special vehicle called a pole car had traveled the route to make sure the load would fit.
The state confirmed there was a vehicle escort for the load.
Cynthia Scott, of Spruce Grove, Alberta, says she spoke with her husband, Bill Scott, moments after he saw the bridge fall into a river in his rear-view mirror.
The Washington State Patrol says the oversize load of drilling equipment hit an upper support girder on the bridge.
Cynthia Scott says there was a small ding in one of the front corners of the load.

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