Two drivers were cited after a box truck and a van struck the historic bridge in Long Grove in separate incidents in the past week. The bridge has been hit 49 times in recent years.
A box truck struck the Robert Parker Coffin Bridge, located at Robert Parker Coffin Road and Schaeffer Road in Long Grove, Friday afternoon.
A large van struck the bridge Monday morning, just days after the box truck crash.
Both crashes were relatively minor, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.
Long Grove Village Manager Greg Jackson told the Daily Herald that both drivers, working for different companies, were cited.
Jackson said the facade of the wooden bridge was punctured during one of the collisions.
Covelli said the two crashes mark the 48th and 49th times the bridge has been hit.
The bridge was last previously hit on April 15. Covelli said.
In March, an Amazon truck struck the Robert Parker Coffin Bridge and was stuck under it.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and spoke to the driver, a 24-year-old man.
The man said he thought his truck would meet the height clearance, Covelli said.
A towing agency responded and removed the truck from the bridge. The roadway was closed for about an hour.
There was no structural damage to the bridge from the impact.
The driver was cited for disobeying a traffic control device and driving a prohibited vehicle over the bridge.
“There are numerous signs informing drivers of the height restriction and signs prohibiting trucks and busses from using the bridge,” Covelli said.
In September, a 15-foot white Chevrolet box truck hit the bridge.
The truck was traveling eastbound on Robert Parker Coffin Road from Route 53 when it struck the bridge’s canopy.
The bridge suffered visible damage. The truck’s windshield was shattered, the cab was pushed downwards and the middle section of the truck was also damaged.
The truck reversed and parked on Schaeffer Road following the incident, which caused the bridge to be closed for several days.
The bridge was formerly named the Long Grove Covered Bridge.
It was renamed in September to the Robert Parker Coffin Bridge after Robert Parker Coffin, who designed the bridge cover.
The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.