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This is what the Tacoma Narrows Bridge looked like as it collapsed on November 7, 1940. High winds caused the bridge to twist, shake, and then fall apart.

The suspension bridge had always been known for being shaky. Builders nicknamed it “Galloping Gertie,” and it became a popular joyriding location, moving like a wave beneath drivers. Nobody expected it to collapse.

NTSB: Systemic Failures Led to Skagit Bridge Collapse

Jul 15, 2014
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The National Transportation Safety Board says systemic failures lead to the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge last May. A section of the bridge fell into the water after a truck carrying a tall load hit the top of the structure.

New Skagit River Bridge Completed

Sep 16, 2013

Traffic is flowing normally today over the newly-opened I-5 bridge over the Skagit River near Burlington. The steel truss bridge collapsed into the river last May after a semi carrying an oversize load hit several support struts. Over the weekend, the temporary bridge spans put in place shortly after the accident were replaced by a permanent new span

Drivers and businesses in Northwest Washington are voicing elation now that there is a firm date for reopening the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River. The Washington Department of Transportation says the temporary replacement bridge will start carrying traffic Wednesday morning.

WSDOT website

The Skagit Bridge should be fully repaired by this fall. That's according to Washington Senator Patty Murray. She chairs the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee. The I-5 span over the Skagit River north of Seattle collapsed last month.

T-Shirts Poke Fun At Bridge Collapse

May 28, 2013
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Mid-June: that’s how soon residents may see a temporary fix to the Interstate-5 bridge over the Skagit River near Mount Vernon, Wash. It collapsed last week when a truck hit an overhead support beam. Two vehicles fell into the river. No one was seriously injured. It is a serious situation – but in the aftermath, one T-shirt company is throwing a little fun into the mix.

Inslee: Temporary I-5 Bridge Is State’s Top Priority

May 27, 2013
Washington State Department of Transportation

Washington state’s top priority is fixing the section of the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River last week. That’s according to Governor Jay Inslee. Inslee announced plans Sunday that could lead to a temporary replacement by mid June. And a permanent fix in September. Reporter Derek Wang has more.

Federal records show the trucking company involved in the I-5 bridge collapse in Skagit County north of Seattle has a safety record that’s better than most.

Mullen Trucking out of Alberta, Canada has an on-road performance rating of three percent. What does that mean? When it comes to trucking safety – like in golf – a low score is good.

Three Rescued In Bridge Collapse

May 24, 2013

An interstate 5 bridge collapsed into the Skagit River Thursday evening. The collapse sent tons of concrete and steel into the river, along with two vehicles and three people. Remarkably, no one died, and authorities say all three people rescued had only minor injuries.