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Sheriff calls bridge collision in Jefferson County 'freak accident'

Posted at 5:20 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 17:20:03-04

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Fla. — It's going to be another week before Highway 19 can reopen in Jefferson County at the Interstate 10 overpass.

Drivers on Highway 19 are getting by in both directions, but they're having to use the shoulder. Workers were out again Tuesday making repairs to the bridge.

Inspectors rushed out Monday to make sure the bridge could handle cars.

Jefferson County Sheriff Mac McNeill said that the semi-truck was carrying an excavator when the driver tried to pass under I-10. The bucket on that excavator was slightly elevated, causing it to hit the bridge. No injuries were reported.

This particular bridge doesn't have the clearance marked on it, but Sheriff McNeill says that most drivers are still aware of their surroundings.

"Individuals who drive those trucks know what the clearance is from the ground to the bottom of the bridge. They're aware of that," said Sheriff McNeill. "I think this was just a freak accident where the bucket had raised up and the driver did not know it."

Sheriff McNeill says that workers will be working on repairs to the bridge for at least another week.

The truck driver and the company that he works for will most likely have to pay for the repairs.