Governor Jay Inslee's statement on tonight's I-5 bridge collapse in Skagit County

May 24, 2013

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“I’m thankful there were no fatalities tonight. I want to thank the U.S. Border Patrol, our State Patrol, Skagit County Sheriff, local fire and police, Fish and Wildlife and other emergency personnel who participated in a very successful rescue effort. Our hearts are with those who have been injured and we hope to hear good news soon of their speedy recovery. Witnesses say a truck hit the bridge and caused it to collapse, but an investigation has been launched to confirm that. Any witnesses or people with information should contact the State Patrol. I urge everyone driving through this area to pay close attention to the detour and travel information that our state Department of Transportation and State Patrol will be providing.

“The National Transportation Safety Board is on their way tomorrow, and I’ve been in touch with our federal partners. We will be involved in a vigorous and diligent effort to get traffic flowing again through the Skagit bridge corridor and I will issue an emergency proclamation tomorrow to make sure we have the resources to do so as quickly as possible. This is an opportunity for us to pull together to show strength of character and patience and good citizenship as we deal with this disruption."

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Jaime Smith
Governor Inslee’s Communications Office
360.902.4136