Over-sized fracking coil tears out bridge

September 23, 2015
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COLUMBIANA, Ohio - It's been said that 13 is an unlucky number, and James Bumbarger most likely feels this way after his over-sized load of fracking coil didn't pass through the 13-foot clearance under the Youngstown-Southeastern Railroad Co.'s train trestle Sept. 10. The 1930s-built bridge trestle was ripped off the overpass and fell onto state Route 558 in Fairfield Township, Columbiana County, blocking it completely.

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According to highway patrol trooper Michael Smith, a tractor-trailer driven by Bumbarger, 43, of Phillipsburg, Pa., was eastbound on Route 558 hauling a large fracking coil.

The coil, made up of steel tubing, was too high for the overpass. It tore most of the bridge down, leaving just a strand of rail track.

Bumbarger, driving for Allison Crane and Rigging, was cited for assured clear distance ahead. Route 558 was expected to be closed at least until the following morning.



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