Farm Vehicle Gets Caught in Loup River Bridge, Slows Traffic for Hours

COLUMBUS – A farm vehicle was just too tall for the Loup River Bridge on Friday evening, striking the beams several times before becoming stuck on the bridge.

A little after 5:30 p.m. the tractor entered the Loup River Bridge going southbound on 33rd avenue. Witnesses say parts of the the farm vehicle struck the side of the bridge before the tallest portion of the tractor became stuck on the top beams of the bridge.

The Platte County Sheriff’s Office, the Columbus Police Department and the Nebraska Department of Roads all responded to the call and it took quite some time to develop a plan to remove the piece of farm equipment from the bridge.

Eventually two bulldozers helped remove the tractor from the beams and escorted the vehicle north on 33rd avenue to Bill’s Tire.

Southbound traffic was diverted to one of the northbound lanes for around 3 hours and it took around four hours total for the authorities to get the roadways back to normal.

The Platte County Sheriff’s Office took the lead on the investigation and didn’t want to give much detail on the incident but said they will have more information on Saturday.

No injuries were reported but there appears to be heavy damage to the farm vehicle and some damage to the bridge.

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