LANSING, Mich. — At 5:10 a.m. Wednesday, the City of Mason Police Department responded to a semi-truck that crashed into the Columbia Street bridge over northbound US-127 in Mason. The semi was hauling a flatbed trailer loaded with a large storage container, which impacted with the bridge when the vehicle tried to pass underneath.
The container was dislodged from the trailer on impact and fell onto the roadway. Another motorist traveling driving behind the semi struck the container in the roadway. One driver was evaluated at the scene by Lansing Mason-Area Ambulance and released. Neither driver was injured nor were any other motorists involved.
Officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) say the impact caused significant damage, displacing one beam enough to push it through a perpendicular support structure.
According to MDOT the beam will need to be removed, which could result in major work and the bridge being closed for a significant period of time. Both the bridge and northbound US-127 were closed for several hours, although all lanes on northbound US-127 after Kipp Rd (Exit 64) are now open in Ingham County.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
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