Trucker Hit With Massive Overweight Fine After Damaging Historic Bridge (Video)
Lyndon, VT – A Canadian trucker was hit with a massive fine on Monday in Vermont after an investigation into a bridge strike determined his tractor-trailer was 71,000 lbs. over the limit.
According to Lyndon Police, 72-year-old truck driver Alphonse Lune, of Laval, Quebec, operated his tractor-trailer over the historic Bradley Covered Bridge along Route 122 at approximately 6:30 a.m.
The bridge, also called the Millers’ Run Bridge, was first built in 1878 and then renovated in 1995.
It has a marked clearance of 11 feet 9 inches and a maximum allowable weight of 16,000 lbs., according to authorities.
Video from the incident reveals a tractor-trailer, later determined to be Lune’s, traveled over the bridge damaging the upper facing.
Authorities say that after striking the bridge, Lune continued on into Lyndon to make his scheduled delivery.
Investigators indicated they located Lune at a local business a short time later.
Upon further investigation, police said Lune’s rig was determined to be 71,000 lbs. overweight for the bridge.
Lune was ticketed and issued a whopping $12,259 fine, police said.
This is the second time in the last year the bridge has been struck.
In May of 2019, a box truck driven by Jolene Godfrey, 43, of White River Junction, VT, struck a half dozen wooden roof supports causing more than $50,000 in damage.
The height of the bridge at that time was the same (11 feet 9 inches) according to local media reports.
Godfrey also continued on after striking the bridge.
She was later found and charged with careless and negligent operation and leaving the scene of an accident.
The Bradley Covered Bridge, which sits above Miller’s Run, a tributary of the Passumpsic River, had just reopened in August of last year before this latest incident.
Authorities have now closed the bridge and have yet to indicate the estimated damages.
WATCH video of both bridge strikes below.