Magoffin Bridge Reopens

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

The driver of a rock truck that fell over a Magoffin County bridge continues to recover this afternoon, while crews work to assess damage caused by the 85 ton truck.

Crews were out at the scene of the accident Wednesday, taking their time to make sure the bridge is safe for drivers.

The 85 ton rock truck fell off the side of this Highway 30 bridge in Magoffin County, Tuesday evening.

“The barrier wall was actually knocked off, the truck hit the barrier wall and knocked the barrier wall off,” said Wes Ratliff, an engineer with the Transportation Cabinet.

He says after looking at the bridge closely, everything appears to be ok, and it is now back open for traffic.

“There's no structural damage to the bridge, other than the barrier wall. We'll fix the bridge as soon we can get to it,” he said.

“He's a fine feller, he's a good a man as they are back there in that hill. He'd try to help anybody, good natured feller, good hearted feller, just go out of his way to help somebody,” said Sarge Rowe, a friend of the driver, who works for a nearby coal company. He says his friend is in his prayers.

“I took him a prayer cloth over there to the hospital. It was anointed and I'm sure the Lord will help him where no body else can,” he said.

And he says he will continue to pray for his recovery.

There is no word yet when the truck will be moved. The wife of the driver, 52-year-old Greg Higgins, says he is currently in stable condition at Cabell-Huntington Hospital, recovering from broken ribs, a punctured lung and fractured vertebrae.

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