Famous bridge failures in Washington

The new South Park Bridge is open following its closure in 2010 over safety concerns.

Luckily, this crossing was repaired in time to avoid any serious problems. But Washington certainly has had its share of past bridge fails.

Here are a few of the most legendary:

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Hoko River Bridge collapse

A heavy logging truck is blamed for the collapse of the Hoko River Bridge on the Olympic Peninsula in 1947.

Historylink.org says a 40-ton logging truck tried to make the crossing on the bridge with a load limit of 5 tons.

The driver escaped unharmed, but he did face legal action for taking the heavy truck across the bridge.

Photo by Washington Archives WSDOT
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