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Police searching for 18-wheeler that hit bridge, damaged car, left accident scene

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Law enforcement is searching for an 18-wheeler that hit a bridge in Downtown Nashville Wednesday. Part of the truck's load fell onto I-40 and hit an SUV. 

A BOLO - "be on the lookout" - has been issued statewide. Truck weigh stations on I-65 and I-40 are also on alert.  

The truck had a flatbed trailer and was carrying one or two large, round metal or aluminum tubes or tanks. The load was too big and hit the 12th Avenue bridge on I-40 West. 

A large metal object flew off the load and was hit by a Honda SUV. The driver was hurt and sustained minor injuries. 

One lane of I-40W and the Demonbreun Street exit were closed. Traffic was diverted for nearly two hours. 

TDOT sent an inspection crew to check for bridge damage. It's the second bridge to be hit by a truck downtown in the last several months. 

An oversize truck hit another bridge less than a mile away back on April 27. The bridge repairs took five months to finish and cost millions of dollars.  

TDOT says there are physical signs along the interstate to let truck drivers know the height of the various downtown bridges, which are fourteen feet. It's up to the drivers to follow those instructions.


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