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WSP REPORT: Truck causing Skagit River Bridge collapse two inches over-height

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The Skagit River Bridge collapsed on May 23, 2013 after a truck carrying an oversized load clipped 11 of the sway braces The Skagit River Bridge collapsed on May 23, 2013 after a truck carrying an oversized load clipped 11 of the sway braces
SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. - Detectives with the Washington State Patrol have concluded their investigation into the May 23, 2013 collapse of the Skagit River Bridge and have determined the truck that caused the collapse was two inches over the maximum allowed height. 

Detectives said the truck was permitted to carry a load of no higher than 15' 9", however the truck was carrying a load measuring at 15' 11", and struck eleven of the bridge's sway braces as it crossed, causing the collapse. 

There was a pilot car carrying height pole that should have triggered a warning for the truck carrying the oversized load, however Troopers said the driver of an over-height load is the person legally responsible for safe transit, not the driver of a support vehicle or pilot car. As a result, truck driver William D.W. Scott of Alberta, Canada was cited by the Washington State Patrol for Negligent Driving in the Second Degree, which carries a fine of $550. 

Troopers said Scott should have moved into the center lane of the bridge, which would have accommodated his load. 

After the bridge collapsed, two vehicles fell into the river and the occupants were rescued by the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office marine patrol unit. Their injuries were not life-threatening and they have since recovered. 

However, Troopers say a fatality related to the collapse happened eight days later when Washington State Patrol Trooper Sean O'Connell was killed while directing traffic at a detour around the scene. 

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