Falsework tumbles after sand hauler hits interstate bridge

A sand hauler hit a bridge currently under construction on Interstate 215 in Perris, California, causing lumber and steel beams to collapse onto the freeway.

The semi truck driver lost control and struck a concrete divider along the shoulder. A portion of the truck dragged along the barrier, striking the temporary supports of the bridge which caused a partial collapse of the falsework, Officer Travis Monks, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said. The trailer of the sand hauler tipped over, spilling its load.

The driver is not believed to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Thankfully construction crews were not scheduled to work on the bridge until later in the day so nobody was harmed in the accident.  Although the falsework will have to be reconstructed, it is not expected to delay the completion of the bridge.