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Water Delivery to Pennsylvania Fracking Site Collapses 138-Year-Old Bridge

A truck hauling water to a natural gas fracking site “wrecked a historic Pennsylvania bridge in stunning fashion,” the Daily News reported October 1, when the driver failed to heed the four-ton weight limit on the 138-year-old span.

The 35-ton tanker “was not quite halfway across when the structure’s floor beams buckled and collapsed under the weight of the vehicle,” Molinet wrote. “Not only did the collapse force traffic to be diverted, but a gas line running under the bridge, which services 4,500 nearby residents, had to be shut off.”

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Officials didn’t know whether the aging truss bridge could be repaired.