Contents overflowing from a junk collection truck struck the Robert Parker Coffin Bridge near Robert Parker Coffin Road and Schaeffer Road in Long Grove Sunday afternoon before the truck left the scene. | Photo: Jimmy Bolf

An overfilled junk collection truck struck the historic Robert Parker Coffin Bridge in Long Grove Sunday afternoon and left the scene. The bridge has been hit well over 50 times in recent years.

Jimmy Bolf told Lake and McHenry County Scanner the incident happened around 3:55 p.m. Sunday.

Bolf said he was at Neumann’s Cigars and More of Long Grove when he witnessed a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? truck driving toward the Robert Parker Coffin Bridge.

The truck was traveling westbound on Robert Parker Coffin Road approaching Schaeffer Road.

Bolf said cars honked and people yelled at the driver to stop just before the contents sitting in the back of the truck struck the underside of the bridge canopy.

The truck did not get stuck but backed up and left the scene, Bolf said.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was never notified of the incident.

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The top of a truck scrapped the historic Robert Parker Coffin Bridge in Long Grove in June. | Photo: G.A.B

Last month, at least two other vehicles, both oversized trucks, struck the bridge.

Both incidents were relatively minor but a tow truck was needed to remove one of the trucks, which became wedged under the bridge.

The bridge, formerly known as the Long Grove Covered Bridge, was renamed in September 2022 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. It has been struck well over 50 times by oversized vehicles since 2018.

In June 2023, a bus became the 50th vehicle to hit the historic bridge after the vehicle scrapped the bridge’s canopy, causing the bus’ roof air conditioning unit to rip off.

A party bus struck the Robert Parker Coffin Bridge near Robert Parker Coffin Road and Schaeffer Road in Long Grove on June 8, 2023. | Photo: The Chatter Box of Long Grove

The bus did not remain at the scene despite the vehicle’s roof air conditioning unit being ripped off and falling onto the roadway.

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A Lake County sheriff’s deputy stopped the bus a quarter-mile away in front of The Chatter Box of Long Grove.

“There are numerous signs informing drivers of the height restriction and signs prohibiting trucks and busses from using the bridge,” Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli has said previously.