Survivor of bridge collapse shares experience

Credit: KING 5

Dan Sligh was driving with his wife when their car plunged into the Skagit River after the Interstate 5 bridge collapsed on May 23, 2013 in Mount Vernon, Wash.


by KING 5 News


Posted on May 24, 2013 at 6:14 AM

Updated Friday, May 24 at 10:32 AM

Three people were pulled from the water after the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed Thursday, May 23.

One of the men pulled from the water will be discharged from Skagit Valley Hospital tonight. Dan Sligh is in the U.S. Navy stationed at Whidbey Island.

He shared his experience getting out of the car and waiting about 90 minutes on the top of his car before he and his wife were rescued. Sligh's wife is still in the hospital with some internal bleeding.

Sligh reported seeing the semi truck hit the bridge and slammed on his brakes, but couldn't stop in time.

"I thought we were done," he said about the water rushing into the car.

He said his car filled with water up to his stomach.

"It was just one of those, hold on for your life moments," he said.