From MSNBC.com - posted 05/21/08:
WHITEWATER TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A crash involving an interstate overpass in Whitewater Township on Tuesday evening could have major implications for travelers and commuters. Truck Crash Seriously Damages Interstate Overpass
The tractor-trailer, carrying an 80-ton railway locomotive, completely knocked out at least one concrete support beam underneath the roadway.
Officials said the trailer became unhooked from the truck pulling it just prior to the crash.
"The trailer veered off to the right, and when it hit the pillars, it sounded like four cannons going off, smoke from the cement and stuff flying," witness Charlotte Lykins said.
The locomotive came off the trailer and continued forward, smashing at least two support columns and bringing a support beam down on top of it.
"I didn't have time to freak out. It all happened so fast. When it was all said and done and I was out of the car, I was shaking," Lykins said.
Officials said several other supports were damaged, which may have compromised the structural integrity of the Interstate 275-Interstate 74 interchange.
Portions of I-74 in both directions were closed near southbound I-275 until officials can determine whether the roadway is safe and make any necessary repairs.
On Wednesday, the ramps from westbound I-74 to southbound I-275 and northbound I-275 to westbound I-74 are all closed. Also, easbound I-74 is closed at I-275 -- all traffic must exit to southbound I-275.
An investigator who spoke with the Ohio Department of Transportation told News 5 on Tuesday that it could cost $50 million to repair the bridge, but ODOT said Wednesday that the initial repair estimate was $500,000 to $600,000.
ODOT also said Wednesday that repairs would take about three months.
Indiana-to-Ohio commuters will also be facing a three-month closure of State Route 1 in the coming weeks.
No injuries were reported, and the crash remains under investigation.
Here is some video report from one of the local news stations:
Truck Crash Seriously Damages Interstate Overpass
OOPS!! Looks like someone did some poor planning or they resurfaced the road and it rose up two inches too many..With an 80ton load that requires special permits and designated routes..Somebody screwed up..It may not have been the drivers fault..He may have been going the designated route..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Fri, May 23 2008 @ 7:53 AM [EST]
The trailer separated from the tractor. Not sure if it was at the 5th wheel or if it was where the drop trailer separates. Of course, it has to do it near an overpass. It couldn't do it when there was an empty field. -TTB
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Fri, May 23 2008 @ 9:49 AM [EST]
If your going to have something happen, do a good job of it!!
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Sat, May 24 2008 @ 4:52 AM [EST]