From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Confusion over truck height may have led to bridge collapse
Date: Wed Jun 18 18:13:48 MDT 2014
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June 18, 2014


Confusion over truck height may have led to bridge collapse


According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary report and docket, a driver's confusion over the height of his truck load may have contributed to the collapse of a bridge on Interstate 5 in Mount Vernon, WA. On May 23, 2013 around 7:00 p.m., a portion of the Interstate 5 Bridge collapsed into the Skagit River. Two passenger vehicles that were on the bridge during the collapse plunged into the river, injuring three people.

Immediately prior to the collapse, a truck carrying an oversize load on a flatbed trailer was following a pilot vehicle travelling southbound as it crossed the bridge. A pilot vehicle is used to escort trucks with large or oversize loads by driving in front of the trucks to ensure the road ahead can accommodate them. According to the operator of the pilot vehicle, a clearance pole mounted on the front of her vehicle was set at 16 feet 2 inches. The truck's oversize load height was reported at 15 feet 9 inches.  More 

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