A U-Haul truck hit the historic Long Grove Covered Bridge on Friday and became stuck, police said. It is at least the 14th time a vehicle has struck the bridge in less than a year.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 4:25 p.m. Friday to the area of Robert Park Coffin Road and Schaeffer Road for a vehicle crash.
Deputies found a U-Haul truck that struck the bridge and became stuck, according to Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli.
The driver, a 73-year-old Nashville, Tennessee man, was operating the U-Haul box truck and was traveling eastbound on Robert Parker Coffin Road.
The driver said he was following his GPS and did not see the signs restricting vehicle height as he approached the bridge, Covelli said.
He proceeded under the bridge and the top of the box truck struck the bottom of the covered bridge.
“This caused significant damage to the truck and caused the truck to become stuck. He was not injured,” Covelli said.
The driver was cited for disobeying a traffic control device and for driving a truck exceeding the max height on a covered bridge.
Village officials were on the scene inspecting the bridge Friday evening.
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 14 more times, Covelli said.