Bridge Crash Shuts Lanes on 10 Freeway in Fontana

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FONTANA, Calif. (KTLA) — Two big rigs crashed into a bridge on the 10 Freeway in Fontana on Thursday, shutting down the westbound lanes during rush hour traffic.

The crash happened about 4 p.m. at Citrus Avenue, and a SigAlert was issued shortly after.

A truck carrying an earth-mover on a flatbed trailer struck a steel beam supporting a temporary wooden bridge.

The load that it was carrying was at a higher level than the bridge’s clearance, officials said.

Then another truck, which was carrying a forklift, hit dangling debris. It knocked over the forklift and dragged it for about a quarter-mile.

Online CHP logs of the incident said the forklift, weighing anywhere from 6,000 to 8,000 pounds, was on its side in the road at one point.

Both trucks, the construction equipment and a blue Toyota Celica traveling near the second truck were damaged, but no injuries were reported.

The incident created a traffic nightmare that had drivers making U-turns on the freeway, driving the wrong way and on road shoulders to escape the traffic.

“It probably weights a little over 8 tons,” Tim Watkins, of the San Bernardino Associative Governments, said of the steel beam. “And it’s been crimped at that point where the truck hit it.”

Structural engineers from the project had to come out and determine if the bridge was in danger of collapsing. The freeway was reopened about 7 p.m.

The construction will widen the bridge from four lanes to seven. Thursday’s incident was just a minor dent in the 2-year long, $51 million renovation.

“Initial estimates is probably somewhere in the neighborhood of $25,000 and then a loss of a day in construction,” Watkins said.

Engineers were expected to be back at the scene on Friday to determine whether a new beam is needed to support the bridge.

If construction workers do need to bring in a new beam, the 10 Freeway would eventually have to be shut down for a time to install it.

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