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Railroad bridge hit by oversized load in Powhatan Point

An oversized load hit a railroad bridge in Powhatan Point on Thursday morning and tied up traffic along State Route 7.

An oversized load hit a railroad bridge in Powhatan Point on Thursday morning, dislodging a beam, and tying up traffic along State Route 7.

The hit was so severe, officials said the road wouldn't likely be re-opened until around midnight. The accident happened around 9:30 a.m.

"He put so much pressure against that beam, to which on the left side of the bridge made it snap back and it's barely seated on the bridge now," said officer Jamie ice of the Powhatan Point Police Department.

Police say the truck even hit a spring beam underneath the railroad bridge causing it to crack.

As for Ohio 7, traffic “was backed up all the way into Monroe County southbound. Coming into town it was backed up before you even get into Powhatan," Ice said.

"Can't even move any trains across the bridge so the train traffic had to be halted as well," he added.

Police say it is a recurring theme -- trucks hitting the yellow beams -- even as the height clearance is posted on a sign.

The mayor says they may have to install flashing lights.

No injuries were reported. The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Transportation were also on scene.


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