Cars, people in river after Washington bridge collapse

North end of the I-5 Bridge over the Skagit River collapsed.
North end of the I-5 Bridge over the Skagit River collapsed. twitter.com/Gina_SVH

A BRIDGE has collapsed in Washington, plunging several cars into the Skagit River. 

Both the northbound and southbound portions of the bridge dropped into the river sometime before 7pm, local time, according to Washington State Patrol trooper Mark Francis.

Francis said several cars were on the bridge when it collapsed, and some are now in the water.

Bart Treece from the Washington State Department of Transportation was unsure when the bridge was last inspected.

"All of our bridges in the area are pretty old," he said.

It is not yet known how many people are injured.

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