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Dump truck accident cracks bridge, shuts down road

by Tori Martinez - Lifestyles Editor
Thu, Apr 20th 2017 02:00 pm
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The bed of a westbound dump truck hit the side of the bridge that connects Drake Memorial Library and Tuttle Athletic Complex on New Campus Drive. If you look closely, you can see the black skid marks on the bridge.
Tori Martinez/LIFESTYLES EDITOR The bed of a westbound dump truck hit the side of the bridge that connects Drake Memorial Library and Tuttle Athletic Complex on New Campus Drive. If you look closely, you can see the black skid marks on the bridge.
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An accident involving a dump truck between Tuttle Athletic Complex and Drake Memorial Library shut down New Campus Drive for approximately three hours, starting around 11:45 a.m. The road opened back up at 2:30 p.m.

The bed of the truck, which should be down when it motion, was still raised as the truck was driving westbound, causing it to hit the side of the bridge that connects the two buildings, leaving black skid marks on the bridge and tipping the truck over onto the sidewalk. No one was injured.

At the site of the scene, John Osowski, director of Planning and Construction from the office of Facilities and Planning, said he does not know what kind of warning systems the truck has, like an alarm or lights, to let the driver know what position the bed is in. The driver probably didn't know the bed was lifted. Osowski has never seen an accident like this on campus.

"I don't recall something like this ever happening, at least since I've been here for the past 18 and a half years," Osowski said.

One of the concrete panels on the side of the bridge cracked on impact and according to Osowski, it will take a few months to fix and cost upwards of $10,000. The bridge will not have to shut down at any time during the process.

"We're going to have to fix and replace this panel," Osowski said. "I'm impressed that the window didn't break too."

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