Washington transportation officials say they are prepared to seek payments to repair the Interstate 5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River from the Canadian trucking company whose truck was carrying the oversized load that struck the bridge.
Officials will first wait until the National Transportation Safety Board completes its investigation of the incident. Before damages could be recovered, the Canadian company would have to be found negligent by federal investigators.
Three people survived falling into the river inside their vehicles as a span of the bridge collapsed after being hit by the truck on Thursday, May 23.
The interstate remains closed in both directions south of Burlington in Skagit County. State officials have posted alternative route maps on WSDOT’s website for travelers to bypass the site of the freeway closure.
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