A bridge on Interstate 80 in Adair County sustained extensive damage early this morning in an accident involving a dump truck. The Iowa State Patrol says 62-year old Duane Nelson of Casey, forgot to lower the box on a 1991 Mack dump truck registered to Schildberg Construction, in Greenfield.
As the vehicle was traveling southbound on Adair County Road N-77 south of Casey, the truck box hit the westbound I-80 bridge support beam. The impact tore the box section off of the truck, but it became wedged against the support beam at the point of impact.
A DOT. crewman said the same dump truck also took out a couple of power lines as it was leaving Casey. The accident happened at around 5:40 a.m. The Patrol cited Nelson for driving a vehicle with excessive height.
No injuries were reported.
Story and photo by Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic