Another tractor-trailer damages historic covered bridge, this one in PA

Updated Nov 24, 2023

For the second time in less than a week, a tractor-trailer driver ignored the height limit on a historic wooden covered bridge and damaged the structure.

The latest incident occurred Monday, Nov. 20 when a tractor-trailer driver entered the 10' 6" Bitzer’s Mill Covered Bridge in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with a rig measuring 13' 4" tall.

The West Earl Township Police Department said the truck did "significant" damage to the bridge, which was built in 1846. It spans the Conestoga River and is 99 feet long.

The  Pennsylvania bridge crash comes just four days after a tractor-trailer heavily damaged the historic Red Covered Bridge, which is located on Illinois Route 26 north of Princeton, Illinois.

Both bridges remain closed.