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Archive for the 'Incidents' Category


Documents Released About Skagit Bridge Collapse

From The Seattle Times: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2014/06/skagit-bridge-collapse-passing-trucker-thought-noise-was-a-bouncy-load/ It is possible the pilot car may have hit the bridge that collapsed in Skagit County in 2013. Ben

Anatomy of a Response

From The WSDOT Blog: http://wsdotblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/anatomy-of-response-i-5-at-mounts-rd.html Post from WSDOT discusses the truck fire and shutdown of Interstate 5 near Mounts Road, breaking down the entire incident. Ben

Rescue Mission Buildings Shifting?

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/07/04/2666223/rescue-mission-buildings-shift.html The Tacoma Rescue Mission, which sits next to the Sounder tracks in Downtown Tacoma, appears to be shifting. What is in question is whether or not this is due to the rail construction or the running of the trains. Ben

No Brake Issues With Sound Transit Bus

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2021180840_buscrashtotemlakexml.html No brake issues were found on the bus that killed an Eastside couple last month. Bem

Bridge Collapse Causing Spike in Crashes

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Extra-traffic-from-bridge-collapse-causing-spike-in-car-crashes-210501721.html With increased traffic due to the collapse of the Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge the number of accidents in Mount Vernon has grown. Let’s all be careful out there. Ben

BREAKING: Bridge collapse on Interstate 5 in Skagit County

More coming. http://m.kirotv.com/news/news/i-5-skagit-river-bridge-collapses-people-vehicles-/nX2d5 https://mobile.twitter.com/Gina_SVH/status/337756116719136768/photo/1

Gig Harbor Overpass Repairs to Cost $1 Million

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/04/10/2552050/gig-harbor-overpass-repairs-to.html#emlnl=Local_News Damage caused March 17th by a too-tall truck to the Olympic Drive overpass in Gig Harbor will cost $1 million to replace. This should be paid by the trucking company and/or their insurance. Yes this overpass has been hit before. Ben

Oudated Clearance List to Blame for Overpass Mishap

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/03/23/2527088/outdated-clearance-list-to-blame.html#emlnl=Local_News The truck that hit the Olympic Drive overpass in Gig Harbor was using a out of date list of bridges from 2011. Had they been using the correct list, they would have rerouted the load. This is the second time this bridge has been hit. Ben

Human Error in Walla Walla Motor Failure

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/03/11_WallaWalla.htm Human error destroyed a drive motor on the ferry Walla Walla, taking it out of service. Ben

Northline Sounder Commuters are Hanging On

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020054388_sounder04m.html Near-constant mudslides continue to block Sounder traffic on the Northline, yet commuters continue to want to use the service. It is unfortunate there isn’t the will to find a permanent fix to the mudslides that keep blocking service. Ben