FOREST RIVER, N.D. - A semi driver hauling grain escaped injury Thursday, Oct. 19, after a bridge collapsed over the Forest River in rural northeast North Dakota.
Melvin Armbrust of Forest River had driven the six-axle semi across the 11-ton county bridge causing it to collapse and spill a majority of the grain into the river, said the North Dakota State Patrol in a release Friday.
A woman who lives nearby the crash site, Holly Beaton, said it happened around 10 a.m. near the town of Forest River, about 30 miles northwest of Grand Forks.
She said the cab of the truck was up in the air as the truck got stuck in the wooden-planked bridge.
Beaton and the State Patrol said Armbrust made it out safely, and the sheriff's office told her the truck would be stuck in the bridge for a few days while they wait for a crane to get it out.
The bridge, about two miles northeast of Forest River, was owned and maintained by Walsh County.
The State Patrol assisted the Walsh County Sheriff’s Office at the scene and was investigating the accident.