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Police: Historic covered bridge damaged by another truck

March 25, 2020 GMT

LYNDON, Vt. (AP) — Another truck has damaged an historic covered bridge in the northern Vermont town of Lyndon that had been closed for months for repairs last spring after it was hit by a produce truck, police said.

The Miller’s Run Covered Bridge was damaged at both ends early Monday by a tractor trailer and closed to traffic for several hours, the Caledonian Record reports.

The truck driver from Laval, Quebec, did not stop after hitting the bridge’s facade with the top of trailer, police said. Police Chief Jack Harris said he later found the truck in Lyndonville as the driver was waiting to make a delivery. The driver was issued a ticket and a $12,295 fine for being 71,000 pounds overweight on the bridge.

The bridge reopened later in the day after the town crew made some repairs but more extensive work is necessary, Lyndon Town Administrator Justin Smith said.

Last spring, a produce truck was too tall for the bridge clearance caused heavy damage. The repair cost was estimated at $21,000.. The Upper Valley Produce company’s insurer paid the bill and the driver was fired. The bridge reopened to traffic on Aug. 19.