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    Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record | CTV News

    The wife of an Edmonton-area truck driver who police say struck part of a bridge in Washington State Thursday evening and caused it to collapse said her husband has an “impeccable” safety record in 20 years on the job.

    William Scott, a 41-year-old resident of Spruce Grove, Alta., was at the wheel of a semi-truck carrying a large load of steel when he struck one of the bridge's girders, said Sgt. Kirk Rudeen, of the Washington State Patrol.

    Scott made it across the four-lane span but the bridge collapsed behind him, sending the structure tumbling down 15 metres into the Skagit River. Rescuers arrived at the scene within minutes and pulled three people from the frigid water. By late Thursday, officials declared the rescue effort a success.

    The bridge was built in 1955 and has a sufficiency rating of 57.4 out of 100, according to federal records. That is well below the statewide average rating of 80, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data, but 759 bridges in Washington State have a lower sufficiency score.
    I'm glad that everyone got out okay. I understand that a truck carrying steel could cause a bridge collapse, but this accident points to the issue of aging infrastructure. Our Federal and State governments are so focused on war or cutting back public services that we are now seeing the results.

    Are we prepared to have more bridges collapse in the coming decade in exchange for bloated Federal projects, corporate handouts, and endless wars?

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    It is absurd to blame the bridge collapse on a truck driver for accidently hitting a bridge girder.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Yep, I'm sure that girder being struck was more responsible than the outdated nature of the bridge itself...
    Either I'm right or you're wrong.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by 66gardeners View Post
    It is absurd to blame the bridge collapse on a truck driver for accidently hitting a bridge girder.



    From what I have read this load had a permit and an escort.

    If anyone is at fault, it's whoever issued the permit.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    From what I have read this load had a permit and an escort.

    If anyone is at fault, it's whoever issued the permit.
    IF the truck , which sounds like it was loaded to exceed 80,000 pounds, which is the wieght limit or use to be the limit on a over the road haul, HIT the girder, IT IS THE TRUCK DRIVERS FAULT.

    No one elses.

    The claims of crumbling infrastructure are a bit premature, unless any of you have degrees in structural engineering and have access to the data on this specific bridge.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Light View Post
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    I'm glad that everyone got out okay. I understand that a truck carrying steel could cause a bridge collapse, but this accident points to the issue of aging infrastructure. Our Federal and State governments are so focused on war or cutting back public services that we are now seeing the results.

    Are we prepared to have more bridges collapse in the coming decade in exchange for bloated Federal projects, corporate handouts, and endless wars?
    Actually, an objective review of budgets would show social expenditures as well as the drain of maintaining unsustainable spending at the state level on public employee pensions and benefits has had the greatest impacts on funds available for infrastructure.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Any bridge ought to be able to withstand loads well in excess of their rated limits for short periods of time. IMO, this bridge was going to collapse very soon, probably that same day, whether that truck struck the girder or not. Think about it...the truck itself wasn't badly damaged, but the strike against the girder caused the whole bridge to come down...shouldn't bridges be FAR stronger than the vehicles travelling over them?
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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Light View Post
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    I'm glad that everyone got out okay. I understand that a truck carrying steel could cause a bridge collapse, but this accident points to the issue of aging infrastructure. Our Federal and State governments are so focused on war or cutting back public services that we are now seeing the results.

    Are we prepared to have more bridges collapse in the coming decade in exchange for bloated Federal projects, corporate handouts, and endless wars?
    Is anyone blaming the truck driver?

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    During my 3 year stay in the US I have to say that infrastructure was in my opinion the biggest thing that had to be addressed by your government. I lived in Portsmouth NH and they had to close down a bridge that connected the town with Maine because it failed an inspection, they ended up having to tear it down and re-build it this was a major bridge as well.
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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    I would expect that the US is no different from here in Canada. Those who use the roads, drivers of personal automobiles and businesses who truck merchandise across the continent, have been paying excessive gasoline taxes, driver and vehicle licensing fees and other charges for decades, presumably to fund regular infrastructure maintenance and for new roads and bridges, etc. Unfortunately, political thieves have stolen that money to fund their own pet projects, social welfare programs, arts grants and other nonsense always saying they could put off the road/infrastructure work for another year. Now we have trillions of dollars of new building and maintenance work to do and no way to fund it.

    This is simply another example of past generations saddling the current and future generations with their irresponsible and selfish management of the public's money and facilities. It's shameful.
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