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Indiana troopers need help identifying truck involved in bridge strike


Indiana State Police (ISP) are investigating a hit and run crash involving a semi truck hauling an excavator that occurred late last year.

ISP issued a call for public help this week in identifying a vehicle involved in a bridge strike on US 30 under US 33 in Allen County, Indiana.

Troopers say that the bridge strike occurred around 5 p.m. on November 16, 2022, but went unreported until video evidence was uncovered by a camera installed at the location by Purdue University for a structural engineering project.

After Perdue reported the video to the Indiana Department of Transportation, crews inspected the overpass and found extensive damage to the structure.

ISP is looking for a white 2014 or newer Kenworth T880, pulling a flatbed trailer hauling a John Deere excavator.  Investigators believe that the excavator is possibly a John Deere model 135G or 160G. 

Troopers say that the top of the excavator’s boom arm would have struck the bridge support beams as it passed under the overpass, and would therefore show signs of damage.

The truck was last seen traveling westbound on US 30 into Columbia City.

Anyone with information on the truck, the driver, or the excavator, is asked to call the Indiana State Police at (260) 432-8661.


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