The Oregon State Police cited the driver of an oversized commercial load Wednesday afternoon when an unsecured boom struck at least two upper spans of the Chandler Bridge on Highway 241 east of Coos Bay. A team of ODOT bridge inspectors and engineers responded from Roseburg to the scene, inspected the damage and determined it was safe for travel.
According to Senior Trooper Dave Timm, Wednesday at approximately 12:20 p.m., a 2005 Kenworth truck pulling a trailer loaded with an oversized John Deere Timber de-limber was southbound on Highway 241 near milepost 4 crossing the Chandler Bridge when an unsecured boom at the rear of the equipment load struck at least two spans of the bridge. The spans were bent and damaged.
The truck's driver, 57-year old Richard A. Hawkins of Myrtle Point, was cited by OSP for Unsafe Loading of Heavy Equipment, Exceeding Maximum Height, and Failure to Obtain a Variance Permit for an Oversized Load.
The bridge is open to both lanes of traffic and ODOT identified a contractor to make the necessary repairs.