A temporary overpass above the San Bernardino (10) Freeway in Fontana was hit by trucks passing underneath, cracking plywood planks and snarling traffic for hours while crews worked to fix the damaged overpass. Tony Shin reports from Fontana for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. on April 4, 2013.
At least two trucks cashed into a temporary overpass in Fontana Thursday afternoon, closing all westbound lanes of the San Bernardino (10) Freeway during rush hour.
The freeway was reopened by 8 p.m. and a Sigalert issued for the area was lifted.
Snarled for miles, traffic was diverted off the freeway at Citrus Avenue, according to a now-cancelled SigAlert. Motorists were told to use the 210 or 60 freeways as an alternate.
A truck pulling a trailer with an earthmover shovel struck the overpass first, followed by a second truck pulling a forklift which was too tall to travel underneath the Citrus Avenue bridge, which is in the process of being widened.
The construction contractor had to bring in a crane to replace two damaged steel beams before drivers could travel under the bridge.
Aerial footage showed a damaged plywood overpass (pictured below). Shortly after 5 p.m., crews were walking along the plywood, carrying overhanging pieces away.
No one was hurt, authorities said.
NBC4's Tony Shin and Alex Calder contributed to this report.
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