Truck Damages 135-Year-Old Greene County Bridge

(BLOOMFIELD) – A Bedford man faces charges after his Freightliner box truck damaged Greene County’s only remaining covered bridge.

According to a Greene County Sheriff’s Department news release, 52-year-old Paul Patton of Bedford drove through the 135-year-old Richland-Plummer Creek Bridge on South Baseline Road on Saturday afternoon damaging the bridge and then left the scene of the accident.
The 122-foot burr arch bridge was built in 1883 and rehabilitated in 1997. It has a clearance of 13 feet. The sheriff’s department says the bridge was damaged because the truck was too tall to cross.
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Deputies caught up with him while responding to an unrelated crash on State Road 54 East.
The sheriff’s department has recommended Patton face a misdemeanor charge of failure to stop after an accident. The report has been sent to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office for review.