SEATTLE (AP) - Crews have begun removing the mangled steel, crumpled pavement and cars that fell into the Skagit River in Mount Vernon after a span of an interstate highway bridge collapsed.
The Washington Department of Transportation announced Monday that the retrieval of the fallen section began, a day after barges with equipment arrived at the river.
The department says the fallen section has to be removed before final inspections of the spans still standings can begin.
Gov. Jay Inslee announced Sunday that the state plans to have temporary spans built and installed on the bridge in about three weeks, but before that work begins the remaining spans must clear inspection.
The section of the I-5 bridge collapsed Thursday, sending cars and people into the water. All survived with non-life threatening injuries.
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