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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  • by angel Location: salyersville on Dec 12, 2008 at 09:05 AM
    I will pray for you. why would u make a statment like that???? sarge rowe is a good man, and would do anything for anybody... you r in the wrong for judging (who can pray for who)....sarge keep working for god....we need more people like you in the community....
  • by Go Figure Location: Salyersville on Dec 11, 2008 at 10:25 PM
    Sarge Rowe is the last person I would want praying for me.
  • by luther on Dec 11, 2008 at 10:36 AM
    seems like the DOT needs to monitor our roads more carefully.
  • by Jeff Location: Floyd on Dec 11, 2008 at 04:23 AM
    An 85 ton truck on this little bridge sure seems illegal.
  • by john q tax payer Location: eastpoint on Dec 11, 2008 at 03:36 AM
    hope the comes out in good shape,glad to see nothing bad happened.but isnt that truck a little heavy and oversive to be on that type bridge?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2008 at 08:19 PM
    How in the heck did the guy driving pull that one off?? It's still a mystery to me! Hope he heals up ok.


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