Interstate bridge that collapsed during storm in California desert passed inspection in March

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Transportation officials say a bridge along California's Interstate 10 that collapsed during a storm passed inspection earlier this year.

Will Shuck with the California Department of Transportation said Monday that inspectors found no safety issues during an inspection on March 17.

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The bridge, which spans a desert gully, was built in 1967. It collapsed Sunday during heavy rains, indefinitely severing a major artery between Southern California and Arizona.

The National Weather Service says rain fell at a rate of 1.5 inches an hour before floodwaters washed the bridge out. A total of 6.7 inches fell Sunday near Desert Center, California.

Inspectors planned to assess all bridges along a 30-mile stretch of the interstate after a second bridge showed signs of damage following the storm.