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The Transportation Department is now investigating after a bridge collapsed in Washington State it dumped three cars in several people into this gadget river.
Three of those victims were told a recovering in the hospital right now so -- they're expected to be okay that is the amazing part of this story when you see what happened.
The bridge located on interstate 555.
Miles north of Seattle up near the Canadian border it's also near mountain Vernon if you know the area.
Joined now by Travis Phelps he's a spokesperson for the Washington state Department of Transportation.
He joins me now boys Travis and that you guys are busy with this when this morning.
Yeah that this is that this is -- really busy being but about by there about 7000 vehicles per day.
Major or you -- out.
And you know I have -- that the magnitude.
Well it is pretty -- -- as.
-- word is that a truck hit something what what do you know now about how this started.
We you know a bit though we have we have report washing.
Essentially leaking KOI.
Oversize load strict inspection of the bridge.
A systemic collapse of the structure.
And that truck didn't go and -- a hit and then what was in front of it fell as I understand -- That they're they're let's look at back with a -- the USB driver didn't make it across the bridge.
We are so important Washington State Patrol -- yet how this happened.
But right now it's part of the public transportation goes -- in triage mode.
An investigation -- So we're making sure that we have.
Traffic read about it.
But he the other rural highways and -- not be able heavily about a trap but -- -- -- so elegant Syria.
Trying to give it to going to be a real -- -- that we can't.
Well so what about the fact that it was built in 1955.
And that we're learning that it was it was categorized as functionally obsolete.
But not dangerous I guess what does that mean that classification.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Bottom line is we expect all of our bridges here what -- Date every two years or not all of the public drive on tape roadway that let me -- it doesn't get the drivers and -- in this case that rating.
Well it would decide it by truck which collapsed so ordered troops are in -- Beat -- labeling the technical labeling in the bridge.
We expect that as being safe struck -- don't write load content -- So -- that this truck which was too heavy to be on this bridge.
Managed to make it across and while it was going across it weakened the structure underneath it made it to the other side of that what was behind it -- No actually it it wasn't at all and it struck several to support the whole point directly -- at -- so that burgers.
That this bridge -- schools well.
Yeah so do I that's what -- -- about a week issue at all like the ground as gateway struck the support causing section of the bridge to collapse.
That's unbelievable because it must of -- -- -- -- breaking when it needed to break with that height issue all the way through right.
Pretty much of what we're you know -- with it yet even as well but Washington State Patrol and other local authorities.
We're gonna get -- full investigation.
But look at what what about -- right now.
And thank god -- three people are okay.
They felt -- manner hypothermia we understand they're going to be -- -- What you know.
But it happens.
Travis Phelps thank you very much good -- today good luck with -- Good time today.
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