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PHOTOS: Winneshiek County bridge crumples under truck weight

PHOTOS: Winneshiek County bridge crumples under truck weight

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BLUFFTON -- A bridge crossing the Upper Iowa River in Winneshiek County has collapsed into the river after an overloaded feed truck more than five times the weight limit crossed it.

The Winneshiek County Engineer's Office directed questions to DecorahNews.com, which showed photos of a feed truck described as 15 tons halfway over the side of the river bank, with the collapsed bridge laying over the Upper Iowa River.

Photos of the bridge, which DecorahNews.com calls Dahly Bridge, shows a sign warning the weight limit was 3 tons, which was verified by the county engineer's office.

Photos show the truck's back end jutting out into the river, indicating it may have nearly made it all the way across before the bridge collapsed.

The bridge was located on Cattle Creek Road, according to the Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office, and both motorists on Cattle Creek Road west of Bluffton and paddlers on the Upper Iowa were advised to stay away.

The engineer's office said they were working to get the bridge debris out of the river. The Iowa State Patrol assisted at the scene.

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