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Survivor Of I-5 Bridge Collapse Can’t Swim

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File photo of the bridge collapse over the Skagit River. (credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

File photo of the bridge collapse over the Skagit River. (credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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MOUNT VERNON (AP) — A woman who survived the Skagit River bridge collapse doesn’t know how to swim.

Sally Sligh tells KING-TV her husband is her hero. When their pickup truck fell into the river last Thursday when the Interstate 5 bridge collapsed, her husband pulled her out of the water and kept her calm.

The hospice nurse was in the hospital overnight after the accident.

Work crews pulled their truck out of the river on Monday.

The Washington State Department of Transportation says the rest of the clean-up operation will be done carefully due to uncertainty over the stability of the wreckage.

Tuesday is the first normal work and school day since the bridge collapse, so state officials are asking drivers in the area to allow an extra 30-to-60 minutes for their morning drive around the detours.

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