Update (8:21 p.m.)
According to the Georgia State Patrol, at approximately 10:34 a.m. a tractor trailing hauling a large telescopic boom lift on a low boy trailer hit the U-S 441 overpass, while traveling east.
The boom struck the bridge support rails damaging 4 beams.
Eastbound lanes on I-16 were shut down for four hours. The Department of Transportation will create a concrete barrier placed on top of the overpass to block the right southbound lane of GA 31, until repairs are complete.
"It did some damage to four of the beams on the east bound side on I-16 were damaged, and it also came through and cracked US 441, said Collins. "That's why we have traffic diverted on the overpass; we're just assessing the damage right now," says Kyle Collins, the spokesman for the Department of Transportation.
UPDATE (2:50 p.m.): According to Georgia State Patrol, the truck driver was issued a citation for violating the height requirement.
They also said the eastbound lanes on I-16 are expected to reopen within an hour.
All lanes of I-16E near Dublin are shut down after a tractor trailer hit the Highway 441 overpass Monday.
GDOT says they were told the foundation is cracked by a Georgia State Patrol operator, and Laurens County deputies are on the scene with EMS and fire.
Injuries are unknown at this time.
GDOT advises drivers to avoid the area if possible due to major delays. All lanes of I-16E are blocked near Exit 51.
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