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Semi truck bridge strike on I-76 leads to highway closure and delays

A semi truck hauling construction equipment hit the Dahlia Street bridge on I-76 near Commerce City, Colorado, leading to a partial highway closure on Monday.

The incident: Occurred around 2:35 p.m. on Monday, when the truck's load struck the bridge, dislodging at least one piece of equipment which then became wedged against barriers.

Following the bridge strike, traffic was completely halted before 3 p.m., with subsequent lane closures causing expected delays.

Road reopening: By Monday evening, lanes were partially reopened, however, commuters are advised to anticipate slowdowns during peak times as bridge evaluations proceed.

  • The Colorado Department of Transportation is conducting an in-depth assessment of the bridge to determine the extent of the damage and necessary repairs.
  • Fuel spill management and cleanup efforts were also in place, with hazmat teams responding to manage the situation.

Driving advice: In the wake of the accident, the Colorado Department of Transportation urged drivers to seek alternative routes and be cautious in the area.

The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol, reported CBS News Colorado.

As the bridge repairs continue, the westbound lane of the I-76 bridge at Dahlia Street will remain closed for several days, impacting travel in Adams County.

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