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Washington Bridge Collapse: NTSB Releases Preliminary Report

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By    |   Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 12:11 PM

The agency investigating last year's Washington bridge collapse has released more than 2,000 pages of related interviews, cellphone logs, and incident reports, one of which suggests a truck too tall for the structure is to blame.

According to The Seattle Times, the truck's load — a steel platform used for well drilling — may have struck more than just the overhead crossbeams before sideswiping a truck carrying bottled water.

About 71,000 vehicles crossed the Skagit River Bridge daily before it failed at 7 p.m. on May 23, 2013. A portion of the bridge collapsed into the water with two passenger vehicles resulting in three injuries.

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The documents released in the preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board say a 2010 Kenworth truck tractor pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with a casing shed was being led southbound by a pilot vehicle with a height-clearance pole. Another southbound truck attempted to pass on the left.

"The driver of the oversize load reported to investigators that he felt 'crowded' by the passing combination vehicle, so he moved his vehicle to the right," the report reads, according to USA Today.

"As the oversize load was being transported across the bridge, the top of the load collided with the overhead portal and multiple sway braces on the far right side of the truss structure. The impacts caused significant damage to load-bearing members of the bridge's superstructure, resulting in the failure and subsequent collapse of the northernmost bridge span."

William Scott, 41, who was driving the oversized load, said it was 15 feet, 9 inches tall. According to the report, the lowest portion of the braces were 14 feet, 8 inches.

The NTSB is expected to release full report in the coming weeks.

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The agency investigating last year's Washington bridge collapse has released more than 2,000 pages of related interviews, cellphone logs, and incident reports, one of which suggests a truck too tall for the structure is to blame.
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