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Bridge Collapses in Washington State, No Fatalities

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In this photo provided by Francisco Rodriguez, rescue boats approach victims at their vehicles in the Skagit River after the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge in Mount Vernon, Wash., May 23, 2013.
A bridge connecting the northwestern U.S. state of Washington with Canada's British Columbia has collapsed, causing some injuries to motorists but no deaths.

The four-lane Interstate 5 bridge collapsed Thursday evening local time, sending several vehicles into the shallow water of the Skagit River. People were seen sitting on top of their half-submerged cars waiting for rescue. Several people were taken to hospitals for minor injuries.

There is no word on what triggered the collapse, but the bridge is more than a half-century old, and its design has been deemed outdated by the Federal Highway Administration.

The nation's aging infrastructure has been a topic recently mentioned by President Barack Obama, who advocates channeling more funding into bringing highways and bridges up to date.
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