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Sugar Grove police seek information about truck that hit bridge

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 10:58 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – Police in Sugar Grove are seeking information about an incident that took place Tuesday, in which a truck carrying a tall piece of equipment caused damage to a bridge.

The Sugar Grove Police Department on Wednesday issued a news release seeking witnesses to the incident, which took place at 2:56 p.m. Tuesday. Sugar Grove Police Detective Kurzawa said reports indicate that the truck was heading north on Route 47 when it hit the Routes 30 and 56 bridge. Kurzawa said the truck paused briefly and then continued heading north.

"Whoever was operating the vehicle would have known they struck something," Kurzawa said.

The incident affected traffic on Tuesday afternoon. Kurzawa said no roads were closed, but there were lane closures. Police said chunks of concrete from the bridge fell onto Route 47. Reports indicated that the truck struck a metal girder underneath the bridge. Also, the sign pointing to the westbound exit was damaged, and lighting fell off.

Kurzawa said the bridge has been hit before, "about once a year."

"This looks like it got hit harder," he said. "Usually, it's a glancing smack."

Kurzawa said he could not put a dollar figure on the damage, saying the bridge was maintained by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Officials at IDOT have been contacted.

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