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North Dakota truck driver accidentally destroys historic bridge

Thursday, July 25th 2019, 2:03 pm - A driver has been fined $12,000 (U.S.) for driving his truck over a historic North Dakota bridge, causing it to collapse.

The truck was carrying soybeans and was three times heavier than the bridge's maximum weight limit.

The bridge was built in 1906 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

In an interview with a CNN affiliate, Michael Dodds apologized for the incident.

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"The last thing that I'd ever dream of is being involved in something that hurt the community," he said.

"Very regrettable ... And I'm deeply sorry."

While the truck made it over the bridge, it collapsed under the weight of the trailer.

The estimated cost to fix the bridge is between $800,000 and $1 million.

Dodds was not injured.

Shane Olson, Michael's boss, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Dodds was not familiar with the area and was simply following the directions on his GPS. Olson added he has forgiven Dodds and does not intend to fire him.

Source: CNN | Star Tribune

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