Wash. gov declares state of emergency for bridge

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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) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in three counties around a collapsed Interstate 5 bridge.

Inslee said in his proclamation Friday that the bridge collapse has caused extensive disruption, impacting the citizens and economy in Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties.

The governor is instructing the emergency management division of the Washington State Military Department to coordinate all assistance to the affected areas.

Inslee says state agencies should do everything reasonably possible to assist the local areas in responding and recovering from the event.

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