Oversized load causes $4 million in damage to bridge


Portions of Interstates 65 and 40 in Nashville were closed Friday when a tractor-trailer carrying an oversized load slammed into an overpass.

The truck, operated by DG Equipment Movers of Lily, Kentucky, was northbound on I-65 when the large piece of Caterpillar equipment on the trailer struck the I-40 eastbound overpass. It damaged one of the bridge’s five beams causing an estimated $4 million in damages, according to one media report.

No injuries were reported.

The Tennessean reports:

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Charlie Caplinger, the driver didn’t have the proper endorsement on his driver’s license to be operating the truck, nor did he have a permit to bring the oversized load through the area.

The company’s permit for the load allowed travel from Arkansas through West Tennessee, according to officials.

“No one’s really sure at this point in time why he was here in the first place,” Caplinger said.

The driver received several misdemeanor citations, including for operating a vehicle that’s over-height and over-width, and pulling a double trailer without the proper endorsement on his driver’s license, Caplinger said.

It’s expected repairs to the overpass may take several months.