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Illinois Bridge Collapses Under Truck


On Thursday afternoon, a truck driver got the scare of his life!  The Beelman Trucking Company driver was driving a loaded truck on the Panzier Lane bridge in Illinois when the driver heard some “popping” sounds and the bridge suddenly gave way underneath him.

“The driver reported his wheels started spinning as he hurried to clear the span of the bridge without being sucked into the creek below with the remains of the bridge,”  the Mt. Vernon Register-News reported.

Engineers are working to determine what caused the bridge to collapse.

County Highway Engineer Brandon Simmons said the bridge “isn’t really that old” and said they’re working to determine what caused the bridge to fail.

The truck is being weighed as part of the investigation.

“The bridge had a satisfactory rating on a national evaluation last year and was designed to carry vehicles weighing as much as 80,000 pounds. The speed limit on the stretch of Panzier Lane is 55 mph,” BND reported.

At this time, it is unknown how long the bridge will be shut down.

The truck driver was not injured.

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