An overpass struck earlier
this week by a 30-ton steel tank hauled on the back of a truck near Lebanon,
MO, will have to be demolished. The accident mangled girders supporting the
overpass on Interstate 44.The force of the impact by the 32-foot-long, 13-foot-tall,
high-pressure tank reportedly bent four 3-foot wide beams up to eight feet.
Although damage was limited
to the eastbound lanes, the collision's effect on the beams might have extended
over the westbound lanes. The remote possibility of a collapse prompted the
decision not to try to open the westbound lanes.The process of demolishing
the bridge reportedly could take at least four weeks. A new overpass will
cost $2-3 million.The Enid, OK, trucking company hired to haul the tank is
being contacted by the Missouri Department of Transportation to pay for the
damage, the Springfield News-Leader reported. The truckdriver was not injured,
but was cited for violating a MoDOT special permit that required him to follow
a route avoiding overpasses.