PERU — A Peru driver is facing court action after his large overweight commercial truck damaged a covered bridge and forcing its closing on Bicknell Hill Road in Tunbridge, Vt., police said.
It is at least the fourth reported crash involving trucks damaging historic covered bridges in Vermont in the past year.
10K POUNDS OVER LIMIT
Keymoy Vassell, 26, was issued a $427 traffic ticket for operating a cargo truck that was 10,000 pounds over the weight limit for the bridge and a $220 ticket for causing the crash by driving too fast for the conditions, state police said.
He has 15 days to contest the tickets. Vassell, who was wearing a seatbelt, was uninjured, police said.
Vermont State Police said it was notified about 1 p.m. Thursday that a commercial truck had damaged the wooden covered bridge. Troopers also learned the 2017 Freightliner had left the scene traveling north on Vermont 110.
NO REOPENING DATE SET
Troopers were told the name of the business that owned the truck and police were able to contact the company. The business had its driver pull off the road until State Police arrived to speak with him, Cpl. Joseph Pregent reported.
Troopers determined the bridge sustained heavy damage that resulted in closing traffic through the structure, Pregent said. He said there is no projected date for the bridge to re-open for travel.
TRAVELING TOO FAST
Police said Vassell advised he left the scene as he had no cell service and contacted his company as soon as he had service.
Pregent said the initial investigation found Vassell was traveling too fast to realize his truck was too big to fit through the bridge and that he disregarded the weight limit of the bridge.
The cargo box and windshield sustained damage, police said.