Driver Cited After Equipment Hits Bridge, Crashes Onto Highway

Police: Load Was Too Tall For 14-Foot Bridge

A piece of construction equipment hit a bridge at the south split Tuesday, shutting down several lanes of traffic just before rush hour.

Police said a road grader on the back of a tractor-trailer clipped the Virginia Avenue bridge above where Interstate 65 and Interstate 70 split on the south side of downtown just before 4:30 p.m.

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The grader fell off the flatbed and onto the highway, blocking three lanes of traffic. The equipment is a total loss, police said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer -- Hassan Mohammed, 41, with H & F Trucking of Michigan -- was cited for hauling a load that was too tall to fit under the 14-foot bridge and for failure to have a unified carrier registration.

He was taken to Methodist Hospital with neck pain. No other injuries were reported.

About 175 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the grader onto the highway.

Indiana Department of Transportation Bridge Inspector John Ruth said the Virginia Avenue overpass sustained only cosmetic damage and is structurally sound.

Because of heavy traffic, the grader was left by the side of the highway. It will be moved Tuesday evening. INDOT will also repair gouges to the pavement at that time.

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