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Truck driver escapes injury when Missouri bridge collapses

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 16:14:05-04

WESTPHALIA, Mo. — The driver of a semi-trailer truck escaped injury when a rural Missouri bridge collapsed as he tried to cross it.

The accident occurred Monday on The Pentecostal Bridge, which crosses the Maries River on a rural road near Westphalia.

Osage County Sheriff Michael Bonham said the bridge had a 5-ton weight limit but the semi tried to cross it anyway, causing the bridge to collapse.

The sheriff says it is unclear why the truck was driving on a gravel road that leads to the small bridge. An investigation is continuing.