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Oversized load slams into upper spans of coastal bridge

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COOS BAY, OR (KPTV) -

An unsecured piece of heavy equipment slammed into the upper spans of a bridge near the Oregon Coast.

Oregon State Police cited the driver of an oversized commercial load Wednesday afternoon. Troopers said an unsecured boom on the back of a John Deere timber de-limber hit two spans on the Chandler Bridge in Coos Bay.

The spans were bent and damaged.

A team of Oregon Department of Transportation bridge inspectors and engineers responded from Roseburg. They inspected the damage and determined the bridge was safe for travelers.

The truck driver, Richard Hawkins, 57, of Myrtle Point, was cited for unsafe loading of heavy equipment, exceeding maximum height and failure to obtain a variance permit for an oversized load.

An ODOT contractor will be repair the damage.

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