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Bridge Collapse Trucking Company's Safety Record Better Than Most


Federal records show the trucking company involved in the I-5 bridge collapse in Skagit County north of Seattle has a safety record that’s better than most.

Mullen Trucking out of Alberta, Canada has an on-road performance rating of three percent. What does that mean? When it comes to trucking safety – like in golf – a low score is good.

You could look at it this way: 97 percent of other trucking companies have a worse record on the road. That said, a March 2013 incident report shows one of their drivers in Washington state was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device, unsafe driving.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are on the scene of the bridge failure. The driver was hauling an oversized piece of oil rig equipment when it struck the bridge superstructure.

It’s possible the state could demand the truck company’s insurance pay for some or all of the damages – now pegged at $15 million.

On the Web:

Skagit River Bridge collapse - WSDOT

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."