Truck brings down bridge in Oklahoma City

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Updated May 23, 2016

A tractor-trailer brought down an Oklahoma City bridge on top of a state highway after striking it Thursday afternoon.

There were no reported injuries and the driver said that he had cleared the May Avenue Bridge while traveling east bound on Oklahoma Highway 3 earlier that day, but had struck it later while driving west bound, according to

Part of the bridge landed on top of the man’s truck, trapping him until emergency crews arrived and freed him from the wreckage. He walked away without any injuries, reports.  The truck was from Sunbelt Rentals, according to

The bridge’s clearance is rated at 14-feet, 8-inches for the east bound lanes, and is four inches shorter for the west bound lanes, according to It’s not clear if signs are posted for the different heights. A picture below reveals the clearance height for the west bound lanes.

The same bridge was last severely damaged in July 1993 when a truck, also carrying a load that was too high to clear it, struck it and sent concrete and metal flying onto cars below. Though the bridge did not collapse, five people were injured, according to The Oklahoman.

Thursday’s collapse at 2:50 p.m. led to the closure of the highway and bridge. Drivers must now take detours until the bridge is either repaired or replaced, which is expected to take several weeks. Given the age and condition of the bridge, one city official told that it would probably have to be demolished and replaced with a new bridge.