Whoa! Hoe Nearly Takes Down Highway Bridge

The pictures below show the aftermath of an accident that occurred on the evening of 13 February 2006 on Interstate 70 near Hays, Kansas.  The driver of the truck misjudged the height of the overpass which did not allow clearance for the backhoe that he was hauling.  The gash in the bridge measured 45 feet and penetrated through the top of the bridge deck.  The highway remained closed for over a week (and the bridge remained closed even longer).  The driver was not injured although he did receive a ticket for not having clearance to haul the backhoe on the interstate.  The Kansas Department of Transportation said the construction company for which the driver worked would be liable for the cost of repairs to the overpass, which were estimated at $134,000 as of late March 2006.