TDOT crews assess bridge damaged by semi hauling backhoe - WKRN News 2

TDOT crews assess bridge damaged by semi hauling backhoe

Posted: Updated: Feb 19, 2013 4:00 AM

A Rutherford County bridge was damaged after it was hit by a backhoe Monday night.

The accident happened just before 7 p.m. at the Epps Mill Bridge on Interstate 24 East at exit 89.

The driver of a semi-truck was hauling a 2004 Komota backhoe when he attempted to go underneath the bridge. The boom of the backhoe hit part of the bridge, causing damage.

The backhoe separated from the trailer, traveled off the right side of the roadway and rolled onto its side.

The trailer and backhoe were damaged.

TDOT crews went to assess damage to the bridge around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The bridge will be open to traffic, but both lanes will be narrowed down from 12 ft. to 10 and a half ft. without a shoulder. This will allow traffic to pass safely while keeping vehicles off of the damaged beam.

TDOT expects these changes to remain for several months until repairs can be made.

The driver, Keith Hieb, was not injured and officials say he was wearing a seatbelt.

Hieb was cited for violation of the height law, wrong tags and proof of insurance.

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