In Lancaster, the historic 160-year-old Mechanic Street Covered Bridge will be closed to traffic indefinitely after being struck by an oversized vehicle on Monday afternoon

In Lancaster, the historic 160-year-old Mechanic Street Covered Bridge will be closed to traffic indefinitely after being struck by an oversized vehicle on Monday afternoon. A 13-foot tall box truck barreled through the bridge at around 2:30 p.m., splintering gables at both entrances and damaging diagonal trusses all along the entire southern side. Police say the driver, 52-year-old Michael Litchfield, was using a GPS navigation system and ignored signage that warned of an 8-foot height limit and specified passenger vehicles only. LPD Chief Tim Charbonneau said that Litchfield faces “a slew of charges” including traffic signal avoidance, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to report an accident. The vehicle is owned by Derochers Trucking and Courier Services of Mass., and company officials have apologized for the accident and promised their cooperation. The town’s insurance company, Primex, will conduct a preliminary bridge inspection to determine the extent of the damage. They will work with consulting engineers to determine what repairs are required and a cost estimate for that work. The one-lane truss bridge was originally built in 1862 and was renovated twice, in 1962 and 2006. 

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