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

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SMITHFIELD — A busy four-lane bridge in Johnston Countywill be closed for up to several weeks for repairs after being heavilydamaged by a tractor-trailer.

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

The collision forced the closing of U.S. 70 Business in bothdirections. State transportation officials inspected the bridge andordered it closed for repairs. I-95 northbound traffic wastemporarily halted by the accident.

State Highway Patrol Trooper Frank Pierce said the truck was traveling65 mph when it struck the top of the bridge.

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