Wednesday, October 21, 2015

10th Street Bridge Collapse 2005

After the "10th Street Bridge collapse" photo was published and people started talking about it on facebook, J Balding sent the following article that was published in the  Daily Record on  Monday March 28, 2005.  

Historical Bridge Collapses Here

The 10th Street Bridge here collapsed early Sunday, after an alleged drunk driver hit one of the bridge’s pillars.

Charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident are pending against Franklin S. Moyes, 31,Olney.  He was driving a 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup truck north on the bridge about 2:44 AM Sunday.  The truck hit a pillar on the east side of the bridge, causing the structure to collapse into the Embarras River below.
Illinois State Police said Moyes’ pickup finally stopped on the river’s edge.

Lawrence Allison Fire Protection District emergency personnel were called, because Moyes had to be extricated from his vehicle.  He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes for treatment, and was still believed to be in the hospital, this morning according to Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department. 

Tenth Street, leading to the bridge, is closed to traffic today, starting at about the Lawrenceville High School bus barn, Lawrenceville Police Chief Mike Mefford said, and will remain closed until further notice.

Lawrence County Highway Supervisor Dick Trowbridge said he was meeting with contractors today to find a way to remove the bridge from the water.  Time is of the essence for removal.

“If the river goes up the bridge could start snagging debris, causing a big problem,” Trowbridge said.

Lawrence Township owns the bridge which was built in 1885 by Massillon Construction from Massillon, Ohio.  Trowbridge said the bridge was on the list of historical bridges in Illinois and was the last remaining bridge in the state on the list that was built by Massillon Construction.

 M. Hooks sent these additional photographs.