State files $17 million lawsuit over Skagit River bridge collapse

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — 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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  • IP 145.374.032

    The giant sucking sound continues. 1st: The FEDS paid for almost everything after this “accident”. 2nd: The state had a near worthless over-sized load permitting process in place at the time and have already been cited as an at fault party in this “accident” — one of dozens and dozens that happened to the bridge, (which the state KNEW was being hit often yet they did nothing to stop the damage, and hadn’t even bothered to repair the damage from recent bridge-strikes). Now the lawyers just can’t help themselves seeing the potential to line their pockets out of this massive government failure.

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