Construction workers were lucky to avoid injury after a semi struck an Interstate 29 bridge near Sioux City. Lieutenant Tony Wingert of the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Department says the accident happened at the bridge near the Port Neal exit Tuesday morning.
“It was an oversized load, a metal grain bin laying on its side traveling southbound, it hit the north side of the old bridge,” Wingert says. He says they were fortunate to avoid serious injuries as the semi ended up in the construction zone after hit the bridge.
“The load was totally sheered off the back of the truck. The tractor trailer continued southbound where it hit into the construction crew’s water tanker and then it slid off that and touched the crane that the construction crew was using. There was a small fire that was put out quickly,” according to Wingert. The driver had a knee injury.
The bridge is in the process of being replaced as it sits so low it has been struck by semi loads several times in recent years. There were no cars behind the truck at the time of the accident.
(Reporting by, Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City)