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UPDATE: TDOT finds no significant damage to I-26 bridge hit by excavator

July 25th, 2013 11:20 am by Nathan Baker

UPDATE: TDOT finds no significant damage to I-26 bridge hit by excavator

Flatbed tractor trailer with equipment struck the bridge at Boones Creek Road and I26. (Nathan Baker/Johnson City Press)

Tennessee Department of Transportation inspectors found no significant damage to an I-26 bridge Thursday after the boom of a heavy excavator carried by a tractor trailer proved too tall to pass under it on Boones Creek Road, a Johnson City Police Department spokesman said.

Traffic Unit Supervisor Sgt. Jim Tallmadge said the arm of the earth mover struck the underside of the bridge at approximately 11:35 a.m., damaging one of the machinery's hydraulic lines and spilling a small amount of fluid on the roadway.

A Johnson City Fire Department HAZMAT team was dispatched to clear up the spilled fluid while officers directed traffic.

Tallmadge said no charges were filed against the driver of the truck, Michael Bowlin, nor Summers-Taylor Construction, the owner of the equipment.

He said TDOT personnel inspected the bridge Thursday afternoon and found only minimal damage not requiring immediate repairs.

Earlier report:

A flatbed tractor trailer carrying a large earth mover struck the I26 bridge over Boones Creek Road around 11:36 a.m.

According to emergency radio communications, the tractor trailer is leaking hydraulic fluid and a Hazmat team has been called to the scene.

According a Press reporter at the scene, police and fire personnel had responded and traffic, which had previously been backed up because of the incident, was now moving through the intersection.

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