Struck by truck, bridge over major Oklahoma City road falls

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Posted: May 19, 2016 7:25 PM
Struck by truck, bridge over major Oklahoma City road falls

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City bridge over a major roadway collapsed Thursday after being hit by a tractor-trailer rig. No one was hurt, but the highway will likely be shut down for a significant time.

"A semi made contact with the bridge and it collapsed — we're not sure what the cause of him crashing into the bridge was," Oklahoma City police Sgt. Ashley Peters said.

The May Avenue Bridge crosses over Northwest Expressway, also known as Oklahoma Highway 3, in a heavily populated area. May Avenue and all lanes of traffic on the expressway were closed afterward, Peters said.

District Fire Chief Benny Fulkerson said the bridge will be closed indefinitely and will "likely be completely rebuilt." Oklahoma City spokeswoman Kristy Yager said May and the expressway will remain closed "until further notice," and that signs are in place to show detours.

Engineers are investigating the damage and no estimate on how long repairs might take will be available until they're done, Yager said. She also said it will be at least Friday before an estimate is made on when the roadways will reopen.