Semi loses its too-high load after running into bridge Tuesday night

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LANSING (WLNS)  — One person was slightly injured when a semi-truck carrying steel, metal frames lost part of its load on I-496  near Lansing a little before 5:30 Tuesday night. 

Michigan State Police Officer Lt. Darren Green says it happened as the rig was passing under the Snow Road overpass and the frames, which were stacked too high on the truck, were knocked off.  The  overpass is just west of Creyts Road in Eaton County. 

Green says the frames hit two cars as they fell. One vehicle was slightly damaged but continued on and didn’t stop. 

Another car sustained major damage when it was hit. The woman who was driving was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.  

The highway was tied up more than three hours as state police officers and Eaton County deputies cleared the scene, although traffic was cleared to pass after about 30 minutes.

Eaton County Sgt. Jason Shipman told 6 News each of the frames weighed about 600 pounds. Several different towing trucks had to be brought in to help clear the area. He estimated about 10 frames fell onto the highway. 

Lt. Green said the steel squares were being taken to one of the GM plants.  

He added that Michigan Department of Transportation inspectors were also checking out the bridge to make sure there was no structural damage.  

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