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I-5 bridge over Skagit River collapses

I-5 bridge over Skagit River collapses

At least 3 people are injured and I-5 is closed near the Skagit River after a section of the bridge over the river collapsed around 7:15 p.m. this evening.

Skagit County Dispatch confirms there are no fatalities and everyone is out of the water.

A spokesperson at Skagit Valley Hospital says they are treating two patients who were injured in the collapse. She says one patient has been taken to United General Hospital in Sedro Woolley.

King 5 News reports those patients are in stable condition.

The Department of Transportation says a truck hauling an oversize load is believed to have struck the bridge right before it collapsed.

WSP is urging drivers to stay away from the area.

DOT is asking drivers to detour through SR 9.

Southbound I-5 is closed at SR20.

Northbound I-5 is closed at East College Way.

U.S. Senator Patty Murray released the following statement in response to the I-5 bridge collapse.

“I am closely monitoring the situation at the I-5 bridge in Skagit County, and my staff is working with Governor Inslee, WSDOT, and local officials to assist in any way possible.”