A truck hauling a large piece of construction equipment struck the Interstate 95 bridge that passes over Broadway in Bangor Friday morning. Credit: Callie Ferguson

A truck hauling a large piece of construction equipment struck the Interstate 95 bridge that passes over Broadway in Bangor Friday morning.

The crash, which took place at 7:58 a.m., slowed traffic on the busy road during the morning commute until 9:30 a.m., when the truck made a U-turn and headed back toward downtown Bangor.

The truck belongs to a private company that was doing contract work for Emera Maine, according to an Emera employee at the crash scene. It was hauling an aerial lift, which has a long boom arm and bucket that power crews use to work on power lines.

The folded boom arm struck the interstate overpass and dented the metal siding of the bridge, which is posted at 14 feet, 3 inches. Nobody was injured, according to the Emera employee, though the strike shattered the glass of the cabin where the equipment operator sits.

A bridge inspector from the Maine Department of Transportation reviewed the minor damage and “found no immediate issues,” MDOT spokesman Ted Talbot said.

“This has been struck several times over the years, so they are very familiar with its condition,” he said.

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Callie Ferguson

Callie Ferguson is an investigative reporter for the Bangor Daily News. She writes about criminal justice, police and housing.