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Truck driver charged after striking Dennis bridge

Two beams were damaged Friday when a crane hit the Old Bass River Road bridge in Dennis.
Two beams were damaged Friday when a crane hit the Old Bass River Road bridge in Dennis.Massachusetts Department of Transportation

State Police will press charges against a truck driver after a crane he was hauling struck the Old Bass River Bridge above Route 6 in Dennis, injuring two people on Friday, the department announced Saturday.

The driver , identified only as a 41-year-old Brockton man, was not injured.

He will be summonsed to appear in Orleans District Court to face charges of operating to endanger, operating after license suspension, and an over-height violation, State Police said in a statement.

The truck was traveling west when it hit the bridge from beneath about 6 p.m., officials said. The impact caused chunks of concrete to fall from the bridge onto the hood and windshield of a passing 2014 Mazda 3, State Police spokesman David Procopio said in an e-mail.

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A preliminary investigation showed that the man was pulling a hydraulic lift that was too high to pass under the bridge, police said.

A 55-year-old Brewster woman inside the Mazda suffered serious injuries, while the driver, a 56-year-old Brewster man, suffered minor injuries, officials said.

Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to remove one of the occupants. Both were taken to Cape Cod Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, officials said.

Two of the bridge’s beams were severed in the incident, Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials said in a statement on Saturday.

The road above the bridge will remain closed for the next several days while crews examine the bridge for structural damage.


Abigail Feldman can be reached at abigail.feldman@globe.com.