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Historic Long Grove bridge destroyed after truck crashes into it

Photo taken by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

A bridge in Long Grove, which was just recently declared a historic landmark, was ruined after a box truck smashed into it on Wednesday, police said.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was called at 3:54 p.m. Wednesday to a crash involving a box truck that struck the top of the Long Grove Covered Bridge at Robert Parker Coffin Road and Schaeffer Road.

Witnesses told police that the driver of the truck did not stop before going through the bridge. The truck, which was empty and weighed 15,000 pounds, ignored the sign forbidding buses or trucks and also the sign forbidding vehicles over 3 tons from crossing the bridge.

Photo taken by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The bridge has since been closed off to traffic and pedestrians. Village officials are working on a damage estimate and repair plans.

The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places just over two weeks prior to the crash.

The driver of the truck, Eriberto Orozco, 30, of Chicago, was cited for disobeying a traffic control device, driving an overweight vehicle, disobeying a stop sign and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash. He is scheduled to appear in traffic court on August 1 in Mundelein.

 


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