Maine DOT wants to send a trucker a $3 million bill for an unreported bridge strike

Maine DOT says that the bridge strike caused "catastrophic" damages.

Maine DOT wants to send a trucker a $3 million bill for an unreported bridge strike

The Maine Department of Transportation has announced that it wants to recover $3 million in damages from a truck driver who struck an overpass in Augusta and failed to report the incident.

Maine DOT Seeks Driver Who Caused “Catastrophic Damage” To Overpass

The Maine DOT recently released a call for help from the public in locating a truck driver who caused what they describe as “catastrophic damage” to the I-95 overpass in Augusta.

Fron Maine DOT:

This overpass is slightly north of the Western Avenue exit (exit 109A). It is believed that the unreported collision took place in the northbound lanes between September 1 and October 3 of this year. The vehicle was likely substantial and carrying a heavy payload or a piece of heavy equipment. The collision would have been very loud and would have sent reverberations through the surrounding highway structures. It is possible that the vehicle may have pulled over and parked in the breakdown lane just north of the 109A overpass.

The damage was discovered during an inspection of the overpass.

Though Maine is currently paying for the replacement of the overpass with money from the highway fund, transportation officials say that they would like to recover the $3 million from the guilty party. They encourage anyone with information on the bridge strike to call 624-3020 “immediately.”