Posted: May 23, 2013 9:08 PM by Dennis Bragg - MTN News
MOUNT VERNON - The main north-south arterial between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. was sliced in two this evening when the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed.
KIRO TV reports numerous cars were on the bridge just north of Mount Vernon when it gave way around 7 p.m. PDT sending vehicles and an unknown number of people into the river. Emergency crews are on the scene looking for survivors.
The bridge is one of the older spans on I-5 north of Seattle, carrying thousands of cars and trucks per day across the Skagit River just a few miles above where it empties into Northern Puget Sound.
Loss of the bridge is expected to throw travel in the region in total disarray since there is no other major route to carry traffic through the Skagit Valley, except for surface roads and streets. Mount Vernon is a small city known for its rural setting and agriculture, but is a major service point for communities throughout that area.