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February 2, 2015 at 3:39 PM

State DOT files $17M suit for Skagit River bridge collapse

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The I-5 bridge collapsed over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon on May 23, 2013. (Photo by Rick Lund / The Seattle Times, 2013)

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — A $17 million lawsuit has been filed by the Washington State Department of Transportation to recovers costs related to the 2013 Skagit River bridge collapse.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Skagit County Superior Court, according to a news release from the agency. It names four parties as responsible: the truck driver whose oversized truck hit the bridge; the driver’s employer; the pilot-car driver; and the owner of the metal shed being transported.

In November, the Washington State Patrol issued a report on its final findings from the collapse, saying that the driver hit 11 arced sway braces on the bridge during the accident that sent two cars into the river.

In July, the National Transportation Safety Board said that insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in the accident.

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