Take 5

Bridge Collapse Caused by Overweight Truck in Walnut Cove Subdivision

Just after 8 a.m. local time, North Montgomery County Fire Department responded to a reported crash in the Walnut Cove Subdivision, which resulted in the dramatic collapse of a bridge over a creek. The incident unfolded as a Nelson Concrete truck, significantly exceeding the bridge’s weight limit, found itself partially submerged in the creek with the bridge giving way beneath it.

Reports indicate that the bridge, constructed in the mid-80s, had a posted weight limit of 4 tons, a stark contrast to the truck’s substantial weight of over 35 tons. Thankfully, the driver emerged from the accident unscathed.

Of immediate concern is the impact of the incident on the creek, which feeds into Lake Conroe, raising apprehension from the San Jacinto River Authority regarding potential lubricant contamination. To address this situation, a crane has been deployed to facilitate the removal of the truck.

Authorities are faced with a challenging scenario, given that the truck is insured for only $500,000, which raises concerns about the financial implications of bridge replacement, removal, and any required HAZMAT remediation efforts. Additionally, the bridge is connected to a raw sewage line, introducing the risk of further damage and environmental concerns.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the critical importance of adhering to posted weight limits on bridges, and the repercussions that can ensue when these limits are exceeded. As authorities work diligently to mitigate the consequences of this accident, the community remains vigilant about potential environmental impacts and the costly road to recovery ahead.

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