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Truck wreck closes I-16

Interstate closed through end of week

POSTED: May 21, 2009 10:04 a.m.
DUBLIN - The Georgia State Patrol says a tractor-trailer hauling a piece of equipment damaged an overpass on Interstate 16 West at Exit 49, forcing traffic to be diverted.

The Patrol said large chunks of concrete covered all of the westbound lanes Tuesday and officials said it likely will be months before the bridge is repaired.

Officials said a two-mile stretch of westbound lanes on I-16 -- from Exit 51 to Exit 49 - likely will be closed through the end of the week.

State trooper Ronnie Shuemake said the truck was too tall to travel under the overpass. He said the boom of a track hoe struck the bridge as the driver of the truck, John F. Crowe, drove under it with the boom elevated.

Shuemake said the case is still under investigation/

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