2nd covered bridge damaged this week in Vermont
WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP) — Two covered bridges in Vermont have been damaged by vehicles within a day of each other, forcing the two structures to be closed for repairs.
The Lincoln Covered Bridge in West Woodstock has been closed after a truck hauling a trailer damaged the interior of the structure Wednesday, police said. The day after, a delivery truck damaged a covered bridge in Lyndon.
In Woodstock, the trailer carrying equipment exceeded the historic bridge’s height limits and damaged the interior of the structure, the Valley News reported .
The driver pulled over immediately afterward, said Woodstock Police Sgt. Joe Swanson.
The bridge must be repaired and could be closed for a few months, he added.
In Lyndon, the driver of the box truck continued on with her deliveries after hitting the bridge, Lyndon Police Chief Jack Harris.
“Every angled roof support on the west side is gone,” said Harris, who said two main vertical beams are twisted and one is dislodged. Half of the front facing is gone on the north side and there’s boards missing on the south side, he said.
Police confronted the Upper Valley Produce driver at her next delivery spot. Jolene Godfrey, 43, of White River Junction, was cited for criminal charges of careless and negligent operation and leaving the scene of an accident and ticketed for a height of vehicle violation, the Caledonian Record reported.
Godfrey could not be reached for comment; no phone listing exists in her name.
An official with Upper Valley Produce in White River Junction, Vermont, said later in the day that Godfrey no longer worked for the company.
“Our locally owned company prides itself on partnering with local businesses and communities,” wrote Larry Lowndes, vice president of sales and marketing, in a statement. “Any behavior that negatively impacts the communities where we live and work is not tolerated.”
Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http://www.vnews.com