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B.C. bridge crumbles under weight of truck

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. -- The bridge crossing the Willow River on the Upper Fraser Highway is out of commission after...


PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The bridge crossing the Willow River on the Upper Fraser Highway is out of commission after it collapsed under the weight of a lowbed truck.

The truck was carrying a tree processor at the time of the accident, but the driver escaped with only minor injuries.

However, the bridge was heavily relied on in the area, and drivers will now have to take a time-consuming detour until a temporary crossing structure is created.

Yogi Sharma, a local businessman, says it was only a matter of time before the bridge crumbled.

“This bridge, at the best of times, was shaky,” Sharma tells local media.

The Upper Fraser Highway will be closed to traffic for the foreseeable future. Drivers must now travel the Bowron Forest Service Road off Hwy. 16 East, just east of Purden.


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