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By Garth Meyer
Whitman County Gazette 

Combine collapses bridge


August 20, 2020

Maybe the wheat was too heavy for a bridge on Crow Road?

OAKESDALE – On Crow Road, Friday, Aug. 14, a 40,000 pound combine and 7,000-pound header came around a corner and entered a low bridge. Partway across, the wood cracked and split and the combine's front wheels dropped toward the creek below.

"We broke a bridge, beyond repair," said Mark Storey, Public Works director.

On Saturday morning, a county bridge crew and commercial tow-truck freed the combine from the 1950/60s era span, known as the Trestle Creek Bridge. The crew then dismantled the bridge, putting up "Bridge Out" signs.

The half-mile Crow Road remains temporarily closed.

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