MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - 5-24-13 6pm Update:
Washington Governor Jay Inslee says federal officials are searching the country for a possible temporary replacement for a bridge that collapsed along the crucial Interstate 5 corridor.
Inslee spoke at a news conference Friday, the day after a truck hauling an oversized load of drilling equipment apparently hit an overhead girder on the major route between Seattle and Canada.
Inslee said federal officials are looking for a pre-fabricated structure to replace the 160-foot section that fell into the Skagit River.
If one is found, Inslee said a temporary fix could be in place in weeks. If one can't be quickly secured, the governor it could be months before a replacement can be built.
5-24-13 6am Update:
Authorities say there were no fatalities when an Interstate 5 bridge over a river north of Seattle collapsed. The Thursday evening bridge failure dumped vehicles and people into the water.
Marcus Deyerin, a spokesman for the Northwest Washington Incident Management team, said there were no fatalities or suspected fatalities.
He said three people were rescued from the water and sent to area hospitals. He didn't know the extent of their injuries.
A search of the river continues and a dive team was on scene as well as several rescue boats still on the river.
The Washington State Patrol says the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon has collapsed, dumping vehicles and people into the water.
Trooper Mark Francis said the four-lane bridge collapsed about 7 p.m.
Francis says he has no idea how many people are in the water or whether there are any injuries or deaths.
He did not know what caused the collapse.