Columbia Street bridge damaged in semi-truck crash

Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 10:45 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2020 at 2:15 PM EDT
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MASON, Mich. (WILX) - A nightmare traffic situation was averted on US-127, but there will still be a mess for drivers after a truck damaged a bridge.

Early Wednesday morning, a semi-truck hauling a flatbed trailer with a large storage container hit the overpass northbound US-127 and now the Columbia Street bridge is shut down as well.

“It’s a mess,” said Amy Stagg, who lives nearby.

Stagg took the time out of her dog walking to help navigate lost drivers.

“The same thing happened a year or two right down on South. So, I guess we need to raise our bridges in the area,” said Stagg.

Eric Nelson lives across the bridge and says it’s a major entry way in Mason from the south.

“It’ll be a headache for a lot of people,” said Nelson.

Nelson says the sooner it is cleaned up, the better.

“It’s going to make everybody have to go through the outlining streets. It’s probably going to slow a lot of traffic down,” said Nelson.

The Michigan Department of Transportation still needs to evaluate the bridge to assess for any damages and determine whether it is safe to drive over. Right now, there’s no timeline on when that process will be completed.

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