For the 13th time since August, a vehicle has hit the historic Long Grove Covered Bridge. This time, it was a box truck and a bystander caught the crash on video.
The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Monday on Robert Parker Coffin Road near Schaeffer Road in Long Grove, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli said a sheriff’s deputy pulled up on the crash just seconds after it occurred.
A 2016 Ford box truck, driven by a 21-year-old Prospect Heights man, was traveling southwest on Robert Parker Coffin Road.
Covelli said the man disregarded the height restriction signs and drove under the covered bridge, striking the top of the bridge.
Significant damage was caused to the truck but the bridge only sustained minor cosmetic damage. No injuries were reported.
The driver was cited for disobeying a traffic control sign and issued a village ordinance citation for violating the height restriction for the covered bridge.
In August, the bridge had a grand reopening following two years of repairs due to a box truck that caused major damage to it. Since August, the bridge has been struck 13 times, Covelli said.
In a video taken by Jeffery Taylor from the most recent crash on Monday, the box truck can be seen stopping at the stop sign right before the bridge.
The truck then continues driving towards the bridge as bystanders yell for it to stop. “Stop, stop. Go left, no,” one bystander says, as another yells, “Say bye to your truck!”
A loud crunching sound can be heard in the video as the top of the truck collides with the bridge.