Dump truck crash causes little damage to bridge

By Katie Demeria

A wreck Tuesday left the bed of a dump truck propped against an overpass on Interstate 81 in Mount Jackson.

The vehicle, a 1986 International dump truck operated by Michael William Dirting, 57, of Edinburg, struck the route 720 overpass in Mount Jackson at around 5:15 p.m., according to Virginia State Police Sgt. F.L. Tyler.

“Somehow the bed of the truck extended up and struck the bridge,” Tyler said.

The truck’s bed became detached from the front of the vehicle and was left leaning against the overpass.

Dirting was issued with a summons for reckless driving as a result of the incident, Tyler added.

The Virginia Department of Transportation was called to inspect the bridge and assist with a detour, he continued.

The right lane was closed for around 3 1/2 hours while crews cleared the bed from the road, he said.

According to Sandy Myers of VDOT, bridge inspectors were sent to the scene in order to ensure that the bridge was safe for motorists.

“There was some damage to the railing of the bridge, but that would not have caused it to close,” Myers said.

Trooper J.B. Rothwell investigated the crash and was assisted by members of the state police motor carrier safety team, Tyler said.

No injuries were reported, he added.

Contact staff writer Katie Demeria at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kdemeria@nvdaily.com