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Cornish-Windsor Bridge hit by box truck ... again

New Hampshire Union Leader

August 09. 2018 2:04PM
The Cornish-Windsor Bridge spans the Connecticut River connecting Cornish and Windsor, Vt. 

CORNISH — Officials with the state’s Department of Transportation have a message for drivers in New Hampshire after an historic covered bridge was hit by a truck for the second time this month.

Pay attention.

The Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge, built in 1866, was hit Tuesday by a rented box truck, New Hampshire transportation officials said.

The accident caused only minor damage to the bridge, but came just three weeks after the structure was hit by another box truck on July 19.

“In a clearly disturbing sequence, a New Hampshire Covered Bridge has once again been struck and damaged by a vehicle,” the New Hampshire Department of Transportation posted on Facebook Wednesday morning.

Transportation officials followed that up with a tweet saying, “Two covered bridges hit a total of four times by vehicles this summer. Pay attention.”

After Tuesday’s crash, state bridge inspectors found that the damage was non-structural and limited to the façade at the entrance on the New Hampshire side, according to a NHDOT post. The bridge remains open to traffic.

The four accidents this summer include two at the Cornish-Windsor bridge and two at the Honeymoon Covered Bridge in Jackson.

On July 19, a Nashua truck driver identified by police as Nizeyimana Silas, 31, said he was unfamiliar with Upper Valley roads and using a GPS navigation system while driving a 2004 International box truck owned by Hudson-RPM Distributors of Nashua. The truck hit several of the Cornish-Windsor bridge’s side trusses, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

On July 24, the Honeymoon Covered Bridge in Jackson was hit by a cement truck, causing significant damage to the structure’s roof. The same bridge was hit earlier that month by a minivan.

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