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Truck driver charged after bridge struck

Bridge shut indefinitely to vehicles and pedestrians

Traffic barricades block traffic along Assiniboine Avenue after a garbage truck struck a crossbeam under the Eighth Street Bridge on Tuesday.

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Traffic barricades block traffic along Assiniboine Avenue after a garbage truck struck a crossbeam under the Eighth Street Bridge on Tuesday.

The person who smacked a five-ton truck into the underside of the Eighth Street Bridge — shutting it down indefinitely — has been charged.

Police say the driver will face charges under the Highway Traffic Act for disobeying a Traffic Control Device. They say the vehicle was taller than the posted clearance under the bridge. According to the province, that ticket comes with a $203.80 fine.

The commercial truck was carrying a large dump bin and was headed west on Assiniboine Avenue when it struck a support beam under the bridge during the noon hour Tuesday, police say.

The bridge remains closed today, as does Assinboine Avenue between Eight Street North and Ninth Street North. Neither vehicles nor pedestrians are allowed across.

The city said yesterday that a structural engineer from Winnipeg was expected to assess the bridge today, but poor weather has forced that evaluation to be postponed until tomorrow.

Meanwhile, bus routes that normally cross the bridge are being re-routed. The city urges riders to call the Brandon Transit information office at 204-729-2300 for more information.

There is no estimated timeline for repair or re-opening.

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