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Belleville bridge damaged in truck, forklift accident

A Belleville bridge was damaged on Sunday when a fork lift in the bed of a truck hit the underside of the bridge.
A Belleville bridge was damaged on Sunday when a fork lift in the bed of a truck hit the underside of the bridge. Belleville Fire Department

A Belleville bridge was damaged Sunday when a forklift in the bed of a truck hit the underside of the overpass.

At about 9 a.m., the truck was driving beneath the bridge when the forklift it was hauling struck the bridge and fell onto the roadway at 8105 W. Illinois Route 15.

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Belleville Fire Chief Tom Pour said the forks on the lift were raised in the air, causing them to hit the underside of the overpass. The forklift ended up about 75 yards away from the bridge due to the accident.

Pour said the bridge has been hit many times because, at about 14 feet tall, it is just a few inches above the legal limit. In Illinois, the legal height limit for vehicles is 13 feet, 6 inches.

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The forklift struck the bridge's steel beam and knocked off chunks of concrete. Pour said the Illinois Department of Transportation was called to inspect the damage.

Pour said no one was injured in the accident.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6

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