Truck Caused Collapse: Bridge Collapse in Wa. From Large Truck

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 24, 2013 Updated: May 24, 2013

Truck caused collapse: A tractor-trailer caused a bridge to collapse in Washington state on May 23. 

State Patrol Chief John Batiste said the bridge collapsed moments after a semi-trailer truck heading south struck the bridge’s overhead truss. Investigators have talked to the driver, who officials said managed to safely cross the bridge before the span collapsed, and inspected the truck.

“The size of the load he was carrying appeared to create a problem, causing him to strike the bridge,” Batiste said, according to Reuters.

The truck hit an overhead bridge girder, sending a section of the span into a river below as the driver watched the structure collapse in his rearview mirror.

The company says it had a permit to carry its oversized load across the bridge.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.