Young trucker pleads not guilty in bridge collapse case

By Mark Schremmer, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mary Lambright, a 23-year-old truck driver who caused a historic bridge to collapse, entered a plea of not guilty for reckless operation of a tractor-trailer on Monday, Jan. 25, at Orange County Superior Court in Paoli, Ind.

Lambright’s pretrial conference is scheduled for April 5.

Paoli authorities contend Lambright ignored signs indicating the bridge’s 6-ton limit when she attempted to cross on Dec. 25, 2015. The bridge, which was built in 1880, collapsed in seconds. Reports indicate that Lambright’s truck, which was carrying bottles of water, weighed more than 30 tons.

Orange County Commissioners said it will cost more than $1 million to repair the iron bridge.

In addition to the charge for reckless operation of a tractor-trailer, Lambright faces various other traffic infractions.

“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 on IndianaPublicMedia.org. “But I made the mistake, and I feel really sorry it happened.”

Lambright also said she was unsure whether she will lose her license.

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