Bridge Collapse Closes Pike County Road

PIKE COUNTY—State Route 632 at the railroad overpass at Phelps is closed. An eighteen-wheeler hauling a D-9 bulldozer clipped the railroad bridge, causing the bridge to collapse on top of the truck and the dozer.

N and W railroad officials have advised Highway District 12 that it may take up to two days to re-open KY 632 at Phelps.

"The preliminary eatimate of up to 10 hours was made before railroad workers arrived on the scene," said Sara George, Information Officer for the highway district. "Apparently the wreckage is more complicated to remove than it first appeared."

George explained that the railroad trestle over KY 632 at the west edge of Phelps collapsed after being hit by a tractor-trailer hauling a D-9 bulldozer. "It wasn't the highway department's dozer or truck," George pointed out. "And it's not the highway department's bridge. But the result of this accident is that both lanes of the road, which the highway department maintains, are blocked and their is no way for traffic to get through."

George said that motorists will have to use KY 194 through Grapevine until the wreckage is cleared. "Also, we won't know if there is any pavement damage until the roadway is cleared."

Peoiplke are asked to stay out of the area where the accident occurred. "It's not safe and no one except authorized personnel are allowed on the scene. For your own safety and so that cleanup operations will not be slowed, traffic and pedestrians will not be allowed anywhere near the site. We thank everyone in advance for cooperating with us and the railroad work crews."

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