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Massive Steel Spools Ripped from Semi Trailer after Striking Bridge


Two massive steel spools roll down I-94 after a semi driver strikes a bridge east of Bismarck.

No one was injured--but the spools were ripped off the flatbed, crossing the eastbound passing lane of the interstate before ending up in the ditch.

The 59-year-old driver told the highway patrol he was traveling around 55 miles-per-hour.

You can see the dent in the 80th Street bridge--which was closed immediately due to structural damage.

The spools are 16 feet high by 16 feet wide and weigh between fifteen and twenty thousand pounds.

"Both of the reels came off the trailer and ended up here in the median between the east and westbound lanes.  They would've crossed over the passing lane here so it was just fortunate that nobody else was around."says Sgt. Mitch Rumple with the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The trucker was on his way from Alberta to Houston.

He was supposed to use an alternate route and avoid I-94, but missed a turn.

The driver was cited for violating the conditions of his permit.

The industrial spools are used to wrap wire or tubing.

Rumple says the driver's insurance company will be responsible for the cost of repairing the bridge.

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