15.04.2021

Bridge bashed by boom

A boom lift being transported on a trailer struck and badly damaged a bridge yesterday on Interstate 87 near Clifton Park, New York - north of the state capital Albany.
The superstructure was left in the road photo courtesy NY State Police

The articulated JLG was being transported on a trailer towed behind a truck when the boom caught the bridge beam, which has a clearance height of 4.4 metres. Three of the five steel bridge girders were damaged and will either need to be replaced or repaired.
The ripped front bridge beam

Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident. Coverage by police of the incident shows no sign of the truck and trailer and it looks as though the boom chassis remained on board, possibly well tied down, while the superstructure was ripped clean off and left in the road. The bridge repairs are expected to take around three weeks while the lift has been ‘totalled’ – a definite write off.

The following news report has more detail:

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