It happened again. Another driver of another dump truck driving down another highway with the dump box up slams into yet another bridge. This time it occurred on East 49th St. near Interstate 77 in Cleveland. The truck struck the footbridge at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. The driver, 76-year-old Joseph Gammalo of Strongsville, was taken to the hospital as a precaution and was cited with failure to give full time and attention as well as operating an unsafe vehicle. Ohio DOT inspected the bridge.
Dump truck wedged beneath pedestrian bridge across E.49 & Chard next to I-77. @ODOT_Cleveland Bridge Engineers on scene determining damage/stability. Anticipate Closing I-77 North & South between Fleet and Pershing in a few minutes. @CLEpolice in control of scene. pic.twitter.com/yecLGQUWae— ClevelandFire (@ClevelandFire) April 30, 2019
I-77 Narrowed to 1 Lane North & South between Fleet and Pershing while the Dump Truck is removed from the pedestrian bridge at E.49 & Chard. pic.twitter.com/f0fkLgeMZN— ClevelandFire (@ClevelandFire) April 30, 2019
UPDATE: Situation Abated at E.49&Chard. @ODOT_Cleveland re-opening I-77 and evaluating pedestrian bridge. #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/Fe8L7b3BxR— ClevelandFire (@ClevelandFire) April 30, 2019