NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB Launches a Go-Team to Investigate Bridge Collapse in Washington State

may 24

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a go-team to investigate the I-5 bridge collapse over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon, WA. The collapse occurred at 7:00 pm local time, last evening.

Highway Safety Investigator Robert Accetta will serve as the investigator-in-charge, leading a multi-disciplinary team of NTSB personnel. An NTSB investigator from the Seattle office is en route to the scene and the remainder of the team will arrive on-scene later today.

NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman is accompanying the team and will serve as the principal spokesperson during the on-scene phase of the investigation.

Public Affairs Specialists Kelly Nantel and Peter Knudson will also be on-scene in Mount Vernon to coordinate media related activities. They can be reached by mobile phone at 202-557-1350.

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Office of Public Affairs
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Kelly Nantel
Peter Knudson



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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.