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July 16, 2014

Bridge collapse review: ‘gaps in multiple systems'

Associated Press

OLYMPIA — Insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate state permitting process all played a part in last year's Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle, which sent two cars into a river below, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

The board voted unanimously after a nearly two-hour hearing in Washington, D.C., to issue a number of recommendations, including encouraging states to ban nonessential cellphone use by pilot-car drivers and requiring better warnings of low-clearance bridges, as well as lane-specific guidance for bridge clearance.

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