July 23, 2019 / 1:58 PM / a month ago

After 110 years, a North Dakota bridge yields to a load of beans

A truck is seen on a collapsed bridge near Northwood, North Dakota, U.S. July 22, 2019 in this image obtained from social media. Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office/North Dakota Highway Patrol/via REUTERS

(Reuters) - After more than 110 years, a historic bridge in rural North Dakota has given way to a load of beans.

The 56-foot wooden bridge over the Goose River collapsed on Monday as the driver of a tractor trailer truck tried to haul a load of dried beans over it, the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

While the cab of the 2005 Peterbilt truck made it to the other side, pictures posted online by the sheriff’s office showed the trailer “hung up” on the west side of the now V-shaped bridge that had bottomed out in the shallow river about 30 miles southwest of Grand Forks.

The problem was that the truck weighed 43 tons, three times the tonnage that could be supported by the 1906 bridge, which is listed in the National Registrar of Historic Places, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office’s solution was to issue the driver a $11,400 overload citation. The driver was uninjured in the mishap, it said.

Replacing the bridge, however, will cost between $800,000 and $1 million, the sheriff’s office said, adding that it is still investigating the incident.

Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Editing by Susan Thomas

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