Semi Falls Through Yell Co. Bridge into River, Driver Escapes Unharmed


Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey confirmed Wednesday that the Dale Bend Bridge collapsed and an 18 wheeler that had been driving over it fell into the Petit Jean River. 

The accident happened around 8 p.m. in Ola. The bridge is located between U.S. 154 and Hwy 10.

The driver was able to escape unharmed. 

The sheriff says the driver was following GPS instructions and that this bridge is not fit for a truck of that size. 

According to the website this bridge was built in 1930. 

Sheriff Gilkey says the truck was carrying processed chicken headed to Danville. 

Several agencies including the Office of Emergency Services and the Ola Fire Department were at the scene. 

Crews worked Thursday to clean up the wreckage.

Photo courtesy Trisha Holt.

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