Wife says trucker saw bridge collapse in mirror

Associated Press
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 wife of a Canadian trucker whose rig caused the collapse of a Washington bridge says a special vehicle called a pole car had travelled the route to make sure the load would fit.

The state confirmed there was a vehicle escort for the load.

Cynthia Scott, of Spruce Grove, Alberta, says she spoke with her husband, Bill Scott, moments after he saw the bridge fall into a river in his rear-view mirror.

The Washington State Patrol says the oversize load of drilling equipment hit an upper support girder on the bridge.

Cynthia Scott says there was a small ding in one of the front corners of the load.

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