Canadian province sues trucker for collapsed bridge

| 5/9/2002

A lawsuit filed in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court alleges a truckdriver and his employer are liable for a collapsed bridge, claiming the tractor-trailer he was driving was too heavy for the span.

On June 6, 2000, Allan Francis Hayne, driving for J.C. MacIntosh Trucking of St.Andrews, N.S., pulled his tractor-trailer across the Long John Bridge in Cape Breton, N.S.

The suit alleges Hayne's vehicle was 26,000 pounds over the maximum allowed on the bridge. The province is asking for more than $145,000 to tear down and replace the bridge, as well as general damages and court costs.