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Big rig hits under-construction bridge, closing Coachella highway

November 1, 2011 |  9:44 am

Image: Map shows where a big rig trailer struck an overpass under construction in Coachella. Source: Google Maps

A big rig trailer struck an overpass under construction Tuesday on California 86 in Coachella, causing the collapse of a metal structure erected for pouring concrete.

The 12:30 a.m. accident closed California 86 near Airport Boulevard in both directions, and it was unclear when it would be reopened, said Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Angel Ramos.

No one was hurt, but the accident spread metal across the busy highway and left state transportation investigators assessing the damage to the structure, Ramos said.

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Image: Map shows where a big rig trailer struck an overpass under construction in Coachella. Source: Google Maps

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