Unsecured loveseat takes header off I-5 bridge

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 21 at 6:32 AM

SEATTLE  -- The Washington State Patrol says the story of a loveseat that fell from a pickup truck and then plunged off Seattle's Ship Canal Bridge offers a lesson about unsecured loads.

The loveseat first landed in an Interstate 5 express lane last Sunday, where it was hit by a Toyota Prius. That collision catapulted the loveseat over a barrier and it fell about 180 feet to the water below. It quickly sank.

Trooper Julie Judson said Wednesday that no injuries were reported.

She says the loveseat was stacked on top of a mattress in the pickup bed. The load was secured with only one strap attached from front to rear.

The pickup driver was cited for failure to properly secure a load -- a $216 ticket.

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