Canadian trucking company says it had permits

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In this photo provided by Francisco Rodriguez, a man is seen sitting atop a car that fell into the Skagit River after the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge there minutes earlier Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Mount Vernon, Wash. (AP Photo/Francisco Rodriguez)
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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The trucking company involved in a Washington state bridge collapse says it received a state-issued permit to carry its oversized load across the bridge.

Ed Scherbinski is vice president of Mullen Trucking in Alberta. He said in an interview with The Associated Press that the Washington state Department of Transportation had approved of the company's plan to drive a piece of drilling equipment along Interstate 5 to Vancouver, Wash.

He also said the company hired a local escort to help navigate the route.

Scherbinski said company officials are as bewildered as everyone else. He said he's not sure whether the Mullen Trucking vehicle was the cause of the collapse, but the driver could see the bridge falling in his rearview mirror.

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