VERGENNES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A cement truck damaged an historic covered bridge as the vehicle traveled across the structure in northern Kent County.
The load limit on the Fallasburg Bridge in Vergennes Township, north of Lowell, is 3 tons. Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, a fully-loaded concrete truck weighing in at 35 tons crossed it. That is a difference of 64,000 pounds.
And the chutes of the truck hit the roof, scraping the wooden timbers bracing trusses and causing damage. Road commission officials say that's the only superficial damage they could see Wednesday.
The Kent County Road Commission said Wednesday it can't be sure the 142-year-old bridge is safe. It is temporarily closed as work crews inspect it.
Engineers plan to go under the bridge in a boat Thursday morning. If they don't find anything wrong, they may be able to reopen it.
The driver of the truck from High-Grade Concrete is facing a number of citations.
There will likely be a fine. A road commission official couldn't provide a figure for that fine, but said it is calculated based upon how many pounds over the posted weight limit of the truck.
There was also a meeting Wednesday evening at the Fallasburg Park museum building to consider options to protect the bridge from arson following the White's Bridge arson in July. That meeting was already planned and was not a response to the cement truck incident.
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The passenger in a pickup truck that slid off U.S. 31 and rolled over told 24 Hour News 8 that watching the video of the crash is "heart-wrenching."
One person is dead after firefighters found the victim's body inside a condominium complex in Kalamazoo Township that was on fire Wednesday afternoon.