MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - Three rescue boats, several private vessels and divers remained on scene at the Skagit River between Burlington and Mount Vernon to redirect traffic around the site and look for people still in the river Thursday evening. Traffic was reportedly backed up at several roadways.

Crowds of people lined both sides of the river to watch as divers from Snohomish County arrived to help with the rescue.

Witnesses said they saw three people pulled from the river, and they were taken by ambulance from the scene on stretchers.

When rescuers pulled one man from the roof of his car to dry land, people watching applauded.


Businesses and residents in the area told a reporter that their power flickered at the time, possibly from the impact of the collapse.

One man, who had just crossed the bridge shortly before it collapsed, told a reporter he felt a vibration and looked in his rear view mirror to see that the section of bridge he had just crossed was no longer behind him.

"I thought something was wrong with my car at first," the man told the reporter about feeling the vibration.

The Idaho Press-Tribune will report details as they become available.

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