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kkt:

--- Quote ---MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - Both directions of Interstate 5 are closed at the Skagit River Bridge after a semi-truck struck a barrier Wednesday morning.

The crash happened before 5:00 a.m. A few hours later, the Washington State Department of Transportation said to expect a "long term closure" of the Skagit River Bridge.

Inspectors from Olympia were being sent to evaluate the bridge after a semi-truck hit a barrier and broke its front axel.

No other vehicles were involved, troopers said.
--- End quote ---

-https://www.q13fox.com/news/i-5-closed-in-both-directions-at-skagit-river-bridge-after-semi-strikes-barrier

Yes, this is the same bridge that was knocked down in 2013 when an oversized vehicle struck part of the truss.  A detour is posted.

kkt:
And they now report the bridge has been inspected and reopened.

jakeroot:
Glad this didn't turn into a massive debacle. Oh and that nothing fell into the water, of course.

CtrlAltDel:
Here's a picture of some of the damage. There are also some scrapes on the concrete barrier further ahead.



I'm no expert of course, but the warning for a "long-term closure" seems like it might have been excessive.

kkt:
Yes, when they say "long term," I am thinking weeks, months, or years, not a few hours for the engineer from Olympia to get there.

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