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Overweight, overheight semi truck with no right blinker forces closure of bridge until next summer 

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An oversize semi truck with no right blinker has caused a bridge in Georgia to close until next summer, officials say. 

The accident happened last week on Wednesday, September 27th when the tractor trailer struck the Mt. Vernon Bridge over Interstate 285 in Sandy Springs, Georgia at around noon. 

According to WSBTV, the truck driver has been cited for 10 violations. The truck’s reported weight was 120,300 at the time of the crash, and the load was reported to be four feet taller than the legal limit. 

Mechanical issues found at the time of the crash include an oil and grease leak from the left side of the engine, a right rear turn signal that did not work, an inoperative indicator lamp for when the key is in the ignition and the truck turned on, no spare fuses, lack of warning devices – the driver did not have three emergency triangles, and the frame rail flange was altered. 

I-285 going underneath the bridge has been reopened, but the Mt. Vernon Bridge is expected to remain closed until next summer. Five of the six bridge beams will need to be replaced before it will be reopened. 

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