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Collapsed Wash. Bridge Is Wake-Up Call

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- A huge section of an interstate highway in Washington buckled and collapsed, sending two cars into the frigid waters below.

No one was hurt. But the National Transportation Safety Board says this is a wake-up call. Dominic Giachino, of Ocean City, drives across bridges, he said, twice a day.

"It makes me a little bit worried. Scares me to death," said Giachino. "I cross bridges a lot."

Although it's rare, some bridges can collapse if hit hard enough.

"Since this incident it makes you step back and think, how old are these bridges; maybe they should be looked at, just for a safety precaution," said Abbey Shobe, of Pocomoke City.

The Federal Highway Trust Fund, which provides construction aid to states, is going broke. 
So, some lawmakers are pushing for a gas tax to cover the bill. Shobe said she would pay more at the pump if that money fueled construction projects on out-dated bridges.

"I think in the long run it will be worth it," said Shobe. "It would be better to prevent a disaster, than to pay for it once it has already happened."

Giachino said a lot of bridges need to be fix but he doesn't want it to come out of his pocket.

"They [lawmakers] need to find other ways to get money, instead of raising gas taxes," said Giachino.

As bridge regulators push for funding for improvements, drivers like Giachino will push the brakes before footing the bill.

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