Motorists injured by falling concrete from bridge, semi driver charged

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DENVER -- Southbound Interstate 25 is back open after being closed for several hours at Speer Boulevard when a semitrailer hit the Speer bridge Monday Morning.

The truck was carrying a steel container, which was too tall for the bridge, said CDOT spokeswoman Mindy Crane.

Concrete fell from the bridge on to the roadway hitting at least two cars, Crane said.

“The blue car had several people inside, the driver had to be cut out, she was bloodied by the accident,” said Sonny Jackson with Denver police. “Others in the other two vehicles were shaken up and only their cars were damaged.”

Cynthia Romero was in a red Ford SUV and said her headlights were "busted out. My windshield cracked and my truck took a few concrete hits; but luckily we were not injured.”

Police say the driver of the big rig should, as posted CDOT signs order, have been in the center lanes where the opening under the bridges is several inches taller. Instead he was in the left lane causing his load to clip the bridge, which sent concrete flying.

The driver will be cited for careless driving and could face additional charges, Jackson said.

One person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Southbound I-25 was closed for about five hours while crews looked at the damage to the bridge.

CDOT reopened the highway around 3:20 p.m.