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Tractor trailer crashes into I-79 bridge and plummets to road below

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Only one person was injured Monday when a semi tractor trailer crashed through an overpass bridge and landed on the road below.

The incident happened on the southbound side of I-79 just past the Meadowbrook Mall exit in Bridgeport.

Authorities believe the truck lost control as it was approaching the bridge crossing Johnson Avenue/Meadowbrook Road, hit the guardrail and then fell off the bridge on the street below.

The semi truck was completely destroyed and I-79 South was limited to one lane while the section of Johnson Avenue/Meadowbrook Road between the I-79 northbound on ramp and the I-79 southbound off ramp was completely closed.

The driver of the truck was able to get out of the wreckage. He was transported to United Hospital Center, but his current condition has not been released.

The truck was owned by M-A Transport Inc. The vehicle, which had Pennsylvania plates, was identified as being from Avonmore, Pa.

Not many details have been released as the investigation continues.

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