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Forum Communications, Published July 11 2012

Truck damages Interstate 94 bridge in southwest ND

SOUTH HEART, N.D. - A $20 permit could have prevented the damage caused by a New Town trucking company hauling a 500-barrel saltwater tank on the Interstate 94 South Heart exit, said Sgt. Dan Haugen of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

A Mann Enterprises truck was heading west at approximately 4:30 p.m. when the tank struck the overpass bridge and got wedged underneath it, Haugen said. The driver did not know his load was too tall, the sergeant added.

Traffic was reduced to one lane until East End Auto of Dickinson responded to remove the tank, forcing vehicles around the overpass. Both lanes were reopened three hours later. There were no injuries, but the North Dakota Department of Transportation estimated the tank caused $50,000 in damages to the bridge.

The driver, who was not named, should be cited for failure to obtain an oversized permit, Haugen added.