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Truck Hits Bridge, Forces Closing of U.S. 70...

Posted April 21, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A busy four-lane bridge in Johnston County will be closed for up to several weeks for repairs after being heavily damaged by a tractor-trailer.

The tractor-trailer was carrying a crane when it hit the U.S. 70 Business bridge over Interstate 95 in Smithfield. The crane struck the top of the bridge and and caused major damage to concrete and steel bridge supports.

The collision forced the closing of U.S. 70 Business in both directions. State transportation officials inspected the bridge and ordered it closed for repairs. I-95 northbound traffic was temporarily halted by the accident.

State Highway Patrol Trooper Frank Pierce said the truck was traveling 65 mph when it struck the top of the bridge.

The truck and crane, owned by J.B. Williams Logging and Timber of Smithfield, were northbound on I-95 when it hit the bridge. The driver said that he had carried the same load before on I-95 and had cleared the bridge. The driver, whose name was not immediately available, was charged with carrying an overheight load.