Bridge Safety Being Questioned After Truck Strikes Overpass
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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland troopers are continuing their investigation into a traffic accident along I-695 at Park Heights Avenue which is causing major traffic delays on the Baltimore Beltway.
Troopers responded at 11 a.m. Friday to a report of a tractor trailing pulling an oversized load which struck the overpass for Park Heights Avenue. Troopers have learned that the truck was pulling a large refrigeration and cooling system on a flat bed truck on the inner loop of I-695 when it struck a steel girder supporting the overpass for Park Heights Avenue. The strike caused the steel to twist and send debris onto I-695.
No one was injured during the accident and members of the State Police Commercial Vehicle Division are currently on the scene inspecting the truck and its load.
Engineers from State Highway Administration are also on the scene inspecting the bridge to insure that no significant structural damage was done. SHA engineers will make a determination on the damage before they allow all lanes to be open on I-695. Currently traffic is getting by in two lanes only on I-695 north at Park Heights Ave.
Troopers are urging motorists to avoid this area and plan alternate routes through Reisterstown toward Towson. Currently traffic along the outer loop going south on I-695 is not affected and is moving at pace.