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Raised dump truck hits bridge, closes interstate, street closed

A dump truck with a raised truck bed struck a bridge and closed Interstate 81 and Spring Street in Woodstock for several hours early Monday morning.

The crash occurred 12:59 a.m. Monday as the driver was heading northbound on the interstate, approaching mile marker 284 at Spring Street, said state police spokesman Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler.

It did not appear the truck was loaded at the time it struck the bridge, he said. Tyler did not know where the driver was coming from, going to or why the truck bed was raised.

The interstate and the Spring Street bridge were fully reopened about 3:40 a.m., he said.

The dump truck remained off the interstate on Monday afternoon, Tyler said, adding that it is expected to be moved when traffic is minimal, possibly about 10 p.m. Monday.

The driver, who was transported to Winchester Medical Center, was charged but Tyler did not have further information on the driver’s name, condition or the charge.

Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Ken Slack said the driver struck the first of five steel beams that run across the bridge. The impact shifted a beam a couple of inches and caused minimal damage to the bridge.

The VDOT district bridge engineer was called out in the early morning hours to inspect the bridge. The eastbound traffic lane on the bridge was narrowed, but the bridge was deemed safe and reopened to traffic, Slack said.

An on-call contractor will be back out to the site within a couple of days to reposition the beam, probably in the overnight hours when traffic is minimal, Slack said.

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