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Oley Township CB Struck by Truck

WGN 38-06-01

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Reading, PA, July 7, 2009 - The Pleasantville covered bridge will be closed until at least July 17 after a truck hit the clearance bar beam designed to keep oversized vehicles out of the bridge.

The truck driver, whose vehicle was blocked when the beam fell onto it, was identified, police said. He will be cited for failing to obey the posted height restriction.

Trucks have damaged the bridge twice before, since the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reopened it in 2004 after spending $2.2 million to rebuild the span in 1993.

The 133-foot bridge was built in 1856 using the Burr truss to cross Manatawny Creek in a single span.

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[Our thanks to Jim Smedley & Tom Keating for sending us this story - Ed.]

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