Wednesday, June 5, 2013

And then the bridge fell...................

I am sure some of you saw the headlines, "I-5 bridge collapses and plunges cars into the Skagit River".

That is the bridge I cross multiple times a week and on May 23rd both north and south bound lanes of the freeway fell into the river, literally, and took with it three cars.

By some miracle, only THREE cars plunged into the river during what is normally a busy commuting time.  Of these three cars, no one was seriously injured. 

A truck carrying a large load hit a gerter causing the structure to become damaged and it immediately fell apart.

This is just so crazy to me. Crazy because this is our main transportation through our valley and over the river. Crazy because I cross it all the time and have for years, and crazy because no one was hurt.

My husband was on duty this night and was one of the first people on the scene.

He is on the right giving the survivor a hand

Thinking of what this could have been like I thank God that it wasn't much worse. The only thing we have to deal with is the traffic.


  1. That is so neat Brandon was able to be a part of it like that. SO CRAZY that it happened. It is so weird to have part of the bridge gone. If you look on Google maps they took the bridge out of the routes

  2. Wow! My husband told me about this, I am surprised I know someone near there! I'm glad things weren't worse and hope they are able to repair it quickly

  3. That was such a random thing to happen! So glad you weren't on it and that nobody was hurt!!!

  4. How scary!! So glad no-one was seriously hurt and that people like your husband serve in such a tangible and powerful way!

  5. SO scary! :( Glad everyone is ok tho! Really makes you think and put things in perspective. XOXOXO

    P.S. I changed up my blog design so new buttons, let me know if you would still like to continue swapping and what size you need and I'll send it on over :) Thanks Ashley!

    Kristine -The Foley Fam {unedited}

  6. ohmygoodness, Ashley. how crazy and surreal for you! i'm so glad you and your family are alright. so amazing that Brandon was able to help out and rescue.
    i'm thinking of you and sending lots of love, my friend! xoxox

  7. Wow that is freaky!! I feel so bad for the people who fell into the water, how terrifying for them but thankfully they were not injured!!
    Hope you are doing well Ashley, I have been a terrible blogger lately but I am slowly catching up with everyone :)
    Lots of love to you my friend xoxo