Excavator on the back of semi-truck leaves gash in bridge

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 22, 2019

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) – An excavator boom on the back of a trailer was left raised and collided with an overpass in Jefferson County, leaving it damaged and shutting down the 10 Freeway, said the Florida Highway Patrol.

The accident happened Monday around 5:30 p.m. on Highway 19, which runs underneath Interstate 10 near Exit 225. The equipment left cracks in the concrete overpass. The Florida Department of Transportation spent several hours conducting a safety inspection on the bridge. Troopers at the scene told WCTV that crews determined the integrity of the structure was sound, but they were worried about debris falling onto vehicles passing below. Workers spent several hours hammering the concrete wall to loosen materials.

The road was cleared to reopen just before 8 p.m.

The driver of the truck has been identified as 63-year-old Arthur Mack Barfield. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office posted this photo on Facebook of the damage:

This Jefferson County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook shortly after the accident occurred.

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