Troopers charge trash truck driver after James City pedestrian bridge hit

Troopers charge trash truck driver after James City pedestrian bridge hit

The Highway Patrol says a trash truck first hit a sign and then the pedestrian bridge that crosses U.S. 70.

CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – The driver of a trash truck has been charged after his vehicle damaged a pedestrian bridge early this morning in one Eastern Carolina county.

The Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 4:45 a.m. on U.S. 70 in James City. Troopers say the GFL trash truck first hit an overhead exit sign and then struck the bridge.

Rathell Meadows, of Maysville, was charged with being over height, troopers say. The 58-year-old man was taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center with minor injuries.

The Department of Transportation has closed the span. The DOT says the truck damaged a girder on the walkway and it will be inspected likely later today.

U.S. 70 West has one lane closed and there’s no indication yet on when it will be able to reopen. The mishap caused major traffic delays this morning for people driving into New Bern.

The bridge connects Elder Street and Dudley Street for pedestrians.

James City Walking Bridge accident

James City Walking Bridge accident

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