A 2005 Peterbilt semi-truck was driving on a weight-restricted bridge over the Goose River near Northwood at around 1:15 p.m. when the structure reportedly crumpled beneath it, causing the trailer to hangover the west abutment, the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Authorities said the total weight of the truck was 43 tons -- or 86,750 pounds -- and the bridge had a limit of only 14 tons.
The bridge, built in 1906, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Police issued the driver of the truck a citation for $11,400 and estimate repairs to the landmark could cost anywhere between $800,000 and $1,000,000.
It was not immediately clear if weight-limit signs were posted, and police said the incident was still under investigation.