Tall Truck Load Damages New Bridge over I-35 in Temple

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TEMPLE, Texas (AP) - A flatbed trailer hauling a crane struck and damaged a new bridge over Interstate 35 in Temple, backing up traffic on the freeway for more than nine hours Thursday.

The crane cut through cables and punched a hole in a section of the new Loop 363 bridge.

Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Ken Roberts says the damaged girder will be replaced at a cost of about $200,000.

The new bridge is part of a $69 million interchange project that began last year and is scheduled for completion in 2009.

Temple police spokesman Sergeant Allen Teston says the truck's driver was ticketed for ignoring flashing warning lights telling him to exit onto the frontage road.