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--- 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.
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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.

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

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

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.

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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