Historic North Dakota bridge collapses under overweight semi, driver cited

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A semi-truck driver hauling a load of beans drove his overweight rig over a historic bridge outside of Grand Forks, North Dakota Monday afternoon, causing it to collapse. 

The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office said the driver drove his truck over a 56-foot long restricted-weight bridge over the Goose River near Northwood. The bridge could hold up to 14 tons, but the truck weighed just over 42. 

The bridge collapsed and the trailer of the semi became hung up on the west abutment.

The bridge was built in 1906 and was listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. It could cost up to $1 million to replace. 

The driver was not injured. He was issued an overload citation of $11,400. 

The incident remains under investigation.