152-year-old covered bridge gets struck again


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CORNISH (AP) — A 152-year-old covered bridge that connects New Hampshire and Vermont has been damaged a second time this summer.

Transportation officials say the Cornish-Windsor Bridge was struck at the entrance approach in New Hampshire on Tuesday. The damage is limited to the front facade. Further details on how the bridge was struck weren't immediately available Wednesday. It was still open to traffic.

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Last month, officials said a truck driver using a GPS navigation system drove an oversized box truck through the bridge from the Vermont side, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Police say the driver was unfamiliar with the area and went through the bridge, which has a posted 9-feet-2-inch (2.8 meter) clearance. The truck hit multiple trusses.

Another covered bridge in New Hampshire, the 142-year-old Honeymoon Covered Bridge in Jackson, was damaged by vehicles twice in a month and awaits permanent repairs.

A minivan crashed into a support and truss of the bridge June 30, and a truck damaged the roof of the bridge July 24.

The bridge is a popular destination for wedding photos and history buffs. It is 121 feet (36.8 meters) long and 26.5 feet (8 meters) wide.

"Two covered bridges hit a total of four times by vehicles this summer," the New Hampshire Department of Transportation tweeted. "Pay attention!"


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