Young truck driver sentenced for causing bridge to collapse

By Land Line staff | Thursday, April 13, 2017

A young truck driver who caused a historic bridge to collapse on Christmas Day 2015, was sentenced to six months in jail on April 12 at Orange County Superior Court in Indiana.

According to multiple news reports, Mary I. Lambright, 24, could have her sentence reduced to three months. In March, she entered a guilty plea to reckless operation of a tractor-trailer.

Lambright, 23 years old at the time, drove a big rig that weighed more than 30 tons on the Paoli, Ind., bridge that was built in 1880. Paoli authorities said Lambright ignored signs indicating the bridge’s 6-ton limit when she attempted to cross. The bridge collapsed in seconds.

Lambright said at the time that she saw the sign but didn’t know how to convert tons into pounds.

“I’m really, really sorry about what happened and if I could go back and do it over again, I wouldn’t be so stupid,” Lambright was quoted as saying by Indiana Public Media in January 2016. “But I made the mistake, and I feel really sorry it happened.”

Officials said the $750,000 cost of repairing the bridge is being paid by the truck company she drove for – and that they hope to reopen it to traffic this summer.

Land Line Now’s Reed Black contributed to this report.

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