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English highway closed for 2nd day over collapsed bridge

The scene on the London-bound M20 motorway, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of the capital, after a lorry hit a pedestrian bridge, causing it to collapse, Saturday Aug. 27, 2016. Witnesses and emergency services say a truck has struck an overpass and collapsed a pedestrian bridge onto one of England’s busiest motorways, the M20, injuring one person. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

The scene on the London-bound M20 motorway, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of the capital, after a lorry hit a pedestrian bridge, causing it to collapse, Saturday Aug. 27, 2016. Witnesses and emergency services say a truck has struck an overpass and collapsed a pedestrian bridge onto one of England’s busiest motorways, the M20, injuring one person. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A major British highway linking London with key cross-Channel routes remains closed for a second day as safety officials remove rubble from a collapsed bridge and make sure the rest of it won't fall down as well.

The M20 highway running southeast of London has been closed since midday Saturday, when a westbound truck struck and partly destroyed a pedestrian bridge. A motorcyclist fell off his bike and was hospitalized with broken ribs, while the trucker was treated for shock.

Highways England had hoped to reopen the M20 by midday Sunday. But spokesman Stuart Thompson says the safety checks are proving "very complex," particularly on the part of the bridge that still looms over the highway's eastbound lanes.

Safety officials are installing motion detectors to confirm the bridge remains stable.