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Driver Cited After Unsecured Boom on Oversized Load Strikes Upper Spans of Coos Bay-Area Bridge
June 14, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP) cited the driver of an oversized commercial load Wednesday afternoon when an unsecured boom on oversized equipment struck at least two upper spans of the Chandler Bridge on Highway 241 east of Coos Bay. A team of ODOT bridge inspectors and engineers responded from Roseburg to the scene, inspected the damage and determined it was safe for travel.
 
According to Senior Trooper Dave Timm, on June 12, 2013 at approximately 12:20 p.m., a 2005 Kenworth truck pulling a trailer loaded with an oversized John Deere Timber De-limber was southbound on Highway 241 near milepost 4 crossing the Chandler Bridge when an unsecured boom at the rear of the equipment load struck at least two spans of the bridge. The spans were bent and damaged.
 
The truck's driver, RICHARD A. HAWKINS, age 57, from Myrtle Point, Oregon, was cited by OSP for Unsafe Loading of Heavy Equipment, Exceeding Maximum Height, and Failure to Obtain a Variance Permit for an Oversized Load.
 
The bridge is open to both lanes of traffic and ODOT identified a contractor to make the necessary repairs.