There's no telling just yet how long it will take for the Interstate Five bridge over the Skagit River near Mount Vernon, Washington to be replaced. One thing is for sure, it will be a nightmare for drivers headed north or south to get around for a while.
An oversized truck hit a beam on the bridge Thursday afternoon. The driver watched in his rear view mirror as it fell, sending cars into the water. Three people were rescued as crowds of people lined the riverbank to watch the scene unfold.
The Canadian company operating the truck was headed to Vancouver with a piece of drilling equipment. Mullen Trucking of Alberta had a permit from the state to carry its load across the bridge.
Witnesses say the truck would have been fine if the driver was in another lane with more clearance. State records show a 14'6" clearance.