INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Surveillance video captured another bridge strike at the south split downtown. Tuesday evening, 24-Hour News 8 received images of a truck hitting the Virginia Avenue Bridge.
The new footage comes just weeks after an even more dramatic impact. Around that time, officials announced a plan to lower the street under the overpass.
This latest strike doesn't change plans for speeding up the project. Officials told 24-Hour News 8's Daniel Miller it's already on an accelerated schedule. But, they said the crash does highlight why it's important to get it done.
For the seventh time in 24 hours, Indiana Department of Transportation engineers are investigating another strike under the Virginia Avenue bridge. A semi hauling an oversized load strikes the bridge over southbound I-65 and I-70.
"It shows a large chunk of metal debris being thrown out into the interstate," said INDOT Spokesperson Nathan Riggs
Riggs said this latest strike is the most significant of them all.
"Anytime you have debris like this, flying in front of cars, especially out on the interstate, that's the public safety concern that we are addressing," He said.
Riggs said this latest video is the best they have to show why the construction project is important. Come August, that project will shut down a portion of the interstate. Riggs said they've been fortunate no one has been hurt.
"You have cars slamming on their brakes, sometimes steering into adjacent lanes to avoid striking debris and that's what we want to try to prevent," He said.
Inspectors were in the area Tuesday evening checking the bridge to make sure it is safe. INDOT officials said they do so each time there is a bridge strike. They said the majority of the time it's mostly cosmetic damage.
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