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Images from the scene show a truck crushed under the bridge which was completely detached from a staircase and platform at one end.

The crash investigation and bridge removal could continue through Thursday, with traffic on the highway halted in both directions, Geldart said.

Officials initially said there were no structural concerns with the bridge when it was last inspected in February. But Geldart later issued a statement that they had “misstated the condition” of the bridge.

A May 25 inspection report gave the bridge a rating of “poor condition,” prompting a plan to replace the bridge, he said

The bridge still had “good structural integrity,” and the rating was due to the decking, the part of the bridge which people walk over, Geldart said during a press briefing Wednesday night.

The bridge is now believed to have collapsed due to a collision with the truck’s boom, which had not been lowered after the driver left a nearby construction yard, he said.