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Highway Bridge Collapses in Texas as Too-Tall Semi Hits Beam; 1 Dead

By    |   Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 04:32 PM

One person was killed Thursday and at least three injured when a highway bridge collapsed after a semi-truck hit an overhead beam.

A semi-truck traveling in Salado, Texas, on Interstate 35 hit an overpass, which caused concrete beams to collapse. A sheriff’s officer told The Austin American-Statesman two other semi-trucks and two pickup trucks were involved in the accident, which closed down the highway for a time.

Corbin Casteel of Austin was driving by and approached the scene about 30 minutes after the accident occurred, he told the Statesman.

“It’s a mess over there,” he said, describing a concrete beam lying across a semi-truck. He later told The Associated Press that the truck “looked wedged underneath the bridge.”



The 18-wheeled tractor-trailer, which authorities told the AP was “oversized,” apparently hit a beam and then was stopped underneath the overpass. The cab sustained heavy damage.

Jodi Wheatley, with the state’s transportation department, told NBC5 in Dallas-Fort Worth that the truck was too tall to clear the overpass.

"We've got more vehicles than we've got space for," Lt. Donnie Adams with the Bell County sheriff's office told the AP regarding traffic backed up in the area after noon on Thursday.

The bridge is part of a $72.6 million, 3.3-mile project being done by the Texas Department of Transportation, the Statesman said. Interstate 35 is being widened to six lanes, and bridges at crossroads were being replaced.

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