Kicker – One very unlucky bridge

NICK EICHER, HOST: Thirty miles northwest of Chicago is Long Grove, Illinois. It’s a quaint little town that loves its covered bridge. A hardy bridge that survived more than 100 years of harsh Illinois weather.

But evidently not harsh Illinois drivers. Two years ago, a box-truck plowed into the bridge and caused so much damage that traffic could no longer cross. 

That meant a painstaking two-year repair job, very meticulous.

All culminating in the bridge reopening just a little over a week ago. 

But of course, that’s not the end of the story.

Because not even 24 hours later…

NEUMANN: I heard this crash at 12:22 and I said oh no!

That would be June Neumann—speaking with ABC7 in Chicago—a describing the schoolbus that scraped the bridge and caused some roof damage, though nothing terribly serious. But as she’s describing that in her television interview have a listen.

AUDIO: The bridge was built in 1906. 

Yep, another vehicle struck the bridge. 

The bridge held up again despite the damage. But ABC 7 reports that officials may put up barriers on each side of the bridge to—quote—“idiot proof drivers coming through.”

It’s The World and Everything in It.

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