UPDATE: ISP said truck driver may face charges following bridge collapse

A small bridge with a 3 ton weight limit collapsed after a feed truck drove over it on Friday,...
A small bridge with a 3 ton weight limit collapsed after a feed truck drove over it on Friday, May 5, 2017. It now sits in the Upper Iowa River in Winneshiek County. (Courtesy: DecorahNews.com)(KCRG)
Published: May. 5, 2017 at 12:35 PM CDT
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The Iowa State Patrol said the driver of a semi-truck that disobeyed a posted weight limit on a Winneshiek County bridge that collapsed could face charges.

The patrol said round 9:15 a.m. on May 5, 29-year-old Justin Hippen of Parkersburg was driving a Sinclair Milling truck west on Cattle Creek Road when he crossed the Upper Iowa River on Daley's Bridge.

The truck made it almost across before the bridge collapsed into the river. The truck ended up stuck on the westside concrete support. Hippen was not injured.

The patrol said damage to the bridge was about $775,000 and about $1,700 to the truck.

The county engineer determined the truck weighed more than 30 tons, but the bridge had a posted weight limit of 3 tons. It's located between Coldwater Creek and Chimney Rock, east of Cresco.

Following the collapse, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources closed that portion of the Upper Iowa River to canoes and river rafters until the river is cleared of debris. The DNR said that should be sometime this weekend.

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Canoes and river rafters are barred from an area along the Upper Iowa River. That's because the Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office wants to make sure it's safe.

Friday morning the Winneshiek County Engineer's Office contacted the Sheriff's Office to warn them of a bridge collapse. When deputies arrived, they found the bridge on Cattle Creek Road which was once over the Upper Iowa River, now sitting in the water.

The bridge is located between Coldwater Creek and Chimney Rock, east of Cresco.

DecorahNews.com reports a feed truck carrying at least 15 tons of grain drove over the bridge, which clearly had a 3 ton weight limit. Pictures show the truck stuck, with part of it hanging over the collapsed bridge.

County Engineer Lee Bjerke later determined the feed truck to weigh more than 30 tons.

No one was hurt.