MOUNT VERNON — A semi truck hit the barrier of the Skagit River bridge over I-5, resulting in closure of the freeway in both directions Wednesday morning.
Around 4:45 a.m., the truck ran into the southbound lanes’ guard rail and broke its front axle, according to the Washington State Patrol. No other vehicles were involved and there were no injuries.
Bridge inspectors were evaluating the structure’s integrity and safety. Northbound I-5 traffic was rerouted. Southbound traffic was diverted to George Hopper Road.
It’s not the first time freight has damaged the crossing.
On May 23, 2013, a truck hauling an oversize load hit the bridge, which caused it to collapse into the river.