• 4 years later, truck driver admits fault for Skagit River Bridge collapse

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    There are new developments four years after the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed, sending several vehicles plunging into the water.

    The Skagit Valley Herald reports the driver of the semi-truck, William Scott, is now taking responsibility for the May 2013 collapse.

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    Scott's truck, which was carrying an oversized load that was two inches too high, hit the bridge and caused the collapse.

    Court documents also reveal Scott's employer, Mullen Trucking LP, and his pilot driver, Tammy Detray, also admit liability.

    The Washington State Patrol had placed blame on Scott in 2014 and cited him for second-degree negligent driving -- a $550 fine – but Scott fought the ticket.

    Troopers say the pilot driver did not warn the truck driver about the low clearance.

    No one was killed in the collapse, but it cost the state $17 million to replace the span.

    A lawsuit, filed by the state two years ago, is on hold pending an appeal.

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