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Driver hurt as boom hits overpass

NEWBERN — A Pulaski County Public Service Authority employee was injured Tuesday when a boom on the truck he was driving struck a bridge overpass.
State Police First Sgt. Mike Honaker said Samuel Ray Ryan, 41, of Pulaski, was seriously injured and the overpass was damaged in the approximately 9 a.m. wreck where I-81 crosses Newbern Road. He said Ryan was not wearing a seatbelt and was jolted when the collision occurred.
Due to the bridge damage, Newbern Road has been shut down indefinitely from Cougar Trail to Route 100. The southbound passing lane of I-81 at the bridge also is closed indefinitely.
Honaker said Ryan apparently failed to lower the boom on the 2002 Volvo truck enough to clear the overpass. He described the boom as a piece of equipment similar to a crane that is mounted on the back of the truck and used for lifting heavy objects.
The truck, owned by Pulaski County, was eastbound toward Route 100 when the boom hit several beams on the lower side of the bridge. Although the bridge sustained “extensive” damage, Honaker said Virginia Department of Transportation determined it is “structurally sound.”
A 2003 Ford Expedition being driven by 58-year-old Joyce Hurst of Dublin also was damaged in the wreck, the trooper said. The Expedition was westbound when debris from the bridge fell onto it. Hurst was not injured.
Damage estimates were not available for the bridge, truck, boom or the Expedition.
Charges are pending further investigation, Honaker said.
According to VDOT spokeswoman Heidi Coy, traffic is being detoured from Newbern Road onto Cougar Trail and service road FO47 while the bridge is repaired.
Coy said crews would be working in the area overnight Tuesday to evaluate the condition of the concrete on the bridge beams and determine the best way to repair the damage.
It could take up to several weeks to repair the damage, Coy said yesterday afternoon.
Updates on the repairs and traffic pattern can be obtained by calling 511 or by visiting the web site www.511Virginia.org.

Driver hurt as boom hits overpass

NEWBERN — A Pulaski County Public Service Authority employee was injured Tuesday when a boom on the truck he was driving struck a bridge overpass.
State Police First Sgt. Mike Honaker said Samuel Ray Ryan, 41, of Pulaski, was seriously injured and the overpass was damaged in the approximately 9 a.m. wreck where I-81 crosses Newbern Road. He said Ryan was not wearing a seatbelt and was jolted when the collision occurred.
Due to the bridge damage, Newbern Road has been shut down indefinitely from Cougar Trail to Route 100. The southbound passing lane of I-81 at the bridge also is closed indefinitely.
Honaker said Ryan apparently failed to lower the boom on the 2002 Volvo truck enough to clear the overpass. He described the boom as a piece of equipment similar to a crane that is mounted on the back of the truck and used for lifting heavy objects.
The truck, owned by Pulaski County, was eastbound toward Route 100 when the boom hit several beams on the lower side of the bridge. Although the bridge sustained “extensive” damage, Honaker said Virginia Department of Transportation determined it is “structurally sound.”
A 2003 Ford Expedition being driven by 58-year-old Joyce Hurst of Dublin also was damaged in the wreck, the trooper said. The Expedition was westbound when debris from the bridge fell onto it. Hurst was not injured.
Damage estimates were not available for the bridge, truck, boom or the Expedition.
Charges are pending further investigation, Honaker said.
According to VDOT spokeswoman Heidi Coy, traffic is being detoured from Newbern Road onto Cougar Trail and service road FO47 while the bridge is repaired.
Coy said crews would be working in the area overnight Tuesday to evaluate the condition of the concrete on the bridge beams and determine the best way to repair the damage.
It could take up to several weeks to repair the damage, Coy said yesterday afternoon.
Updates on the repairs and traffic pattern can be obtained by calling 511 or by visiting the web site www.511Virginia.org.