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article imageCanadian truck driver struck the Washington bridge over Skadgit

By Marcus Hondro     May 24, 2013 in Technology
The Washington State patrol told media it was a Canadian truck driver who struck a girder on the bridge over the Skadgit River, causing the bridge to collapse and hurtling two vehicles to the waters below. No one was killed but 3 were injured.
Sgt. Kirk Rudeen named 41-year-old William Scott, from Spruce Grove, Alta., not far from Edmonton, as the driver of the truck. The experienced semi-truck driver was carrying a load of steel Thursday when he hit a girder. He made it over the four lane bridge as the chaos was developing behind him.
Wash. Gov.: "great emergency response"
There had been fear that more people may have plummeted into the waters but that fear has been dispelled, Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichard told media at the scene of the collapse Thursday night. Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee praised rescue efforts.
"Due to some very deft and very on-the-spot rescue work by a great emergency response team, three people were removed from the Skagit River (and) taken to local hospitals," Gov. Inslee said. "Our hearts are with them and their families, but we are very happy that it appears that there have not been fatalities this evening."
Scott was in one lane going southbound and another large truck was in the other. Police say they do not know how he came to hit the girder. There is no indication whether charges will be laid against Scott and it is not known when the bridge will be back in operation.
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