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Survivor of bridge collapse says she can’t swim

Sally Sligh, the female passenger in the pickup that plunged into the Skagit River after the I-5 bridge collapsed, says she can’t swim and that her husband saved her life.

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MOUNT VERNON — One of three people who ended up in the chilly Skagit River after a bridge collapsed says she can’t swim and is crediting her husband with saving her life.

Sally and Dan Sligh, of Oak Harbor, were driving across the Interstate 5 bridge Thursday when a semi truck clipped a steel truss on the span, causing it to crumple. Their pickup plunged into the water, along with one other vehicle.

“I don’t know what happened after that,” Sally Sligh told KING-TV. “I just heard a ‘bong’ and hit my head and my hip.”

She then heard her husband, Dan, asking if she was OK. “When I opened my eyes, we were in the water,” Sally Sligh said.

Her side of the pickup started quickly filling with water. Her husband had a dislocated shoulder but still managed to help her to the driver’s side, pull her out of the truck and keep her calm.

“He is my hero,” said Sally Sligh, a hospice nurse. “Without him ... maybe I’m dead.”

Sally Sligh was hospitalized overnight after the accident, but she and her husband are now home — and thankful to be alive.

“I think it’s divine intervention,” Dan Sligh said. “It’s impossible for me to believe scientifically that we cleared all of that without some help from somewhere else.”

Both say they are still feeling some aches and pains from the accident, as well as the lasting mental and emotional effects.

“Now I’m scared every time I see bridges,” Sally Sligh said.

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