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Historic bridge collapses after truck filled with water bottles drove on it

By Mason White 6:57 PM December 27, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A steel bridge collapsed as if it was a piece of paper after a truck with a heavy load of water drove onto it, police in Indiana said.

Paoli police said that the iconic bridge built over Lick Creek in 1880, was severely damaged by the truck that carried thousands of water bottles.

The driver of the truck drove onto the bridge despite signs warning that no trucks are allowed. According to the police investigation, the bridge collapsed just seconds after the truck drove onto it.

Residents gathered at the bridge to take pictures of it leaning to its side. Some residents even cried after seeing the old bridge with severe damage.

The bridge had a weight limit of six tons, but the truck carried 35 tons of water.

Police and firefighters who responded to the scene, unloaded the water bottles around 2:15 p.m., in order to make it possible to repair the bridge.

Luckily, no one was injured. The driver of the truck identified as 23-year-old Mary Lambright, got a $135 fine for ignoring the sign.

Officials said that it will take months to repair the historic bridge.