A historic bridge in North Dakota, built in 1906, collapsed on Monday after a semitrailer that carried beans and crossed the weight line had crashed over it.
The bridge, which is registered in the National Register of Historic Sites, spans the Gans River and, according to the Sheriff's Office, is designed for a gross weight of 14 tons, indicated on the structure. According to the sheriff, the weight of the big rigging was just over 43 tons.
Officials estimate the replacement of the bridge will cost between $ 800,000 and $ 1 million.
The driver of the 2005 Peterbilt truck was identified as Michael Dodds, and he was not injured. According to the sheriff, an overload quote of $ 1
The sheriff's office said the incident was under investigation. A phone number for Dodds could not be found immediately on Monday night.
The collapse of the bridge southwest of the town of Northwood occurred at 1:15 pm. Local time, and when the deputies arrived, the trailer of the truck was hung on the western abutment, said the sheriff's office.
Photos released by the sheriff's office showed that the 56 foot bridge had partially collapsed and the trailer hung along a section of the belted span.
Northwood is a city of about 950 inhabitants, about 40 kilometers southwest of Grand Forks.
The sheriff's office did not name the bridge, but said it was one and a half miles southwest of Northwood.
A bridge at this location, built in 1906 and also 3 meters long, known as the Northwood Bridge, also known as the Goose River Bridge, was described as historic in 1997 in the National Register of Historic Places application documents because it was the the oldest documented bridge in Grand Forks County is.
The Northwood Bridge is a pin-bound Pratt half-hip pony binder that was widely used in North Dakota and throughout the country in the early 20th century. According to Appl
These 1997 documents also state that the bridge was owned and maintained by Grand Forks County. Emails to the County Commissioners were not returned immediately on late Monday.