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NTSB: Driver says he felt “crowded”

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NTSB: Driver says he felt “crowded”

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the May 23 collapse of the Skagit River bridge over Interstate-5, but it seems to reveal little new information.

The driver of the semi that caused the bridge collapse told investigators he felt “crowded” before the collapse.

He says he moved over to the right because of a semi truck passing him on the left.

The oversize load struck several steel support beams, causing the collapse that dropped two cars and 160 feet of the bridge into the river below.

Washington State Department of Transportation crews are working to install the temporary span across the bridge so it can be re-opened next week.