Motor Home Caught Under Bridge Arm Ties Up Sturgeon Bay Traffic
6/23/2013 12:45:00 PM
By Megan Roltgen
Only one bridge was open to traffic for about two hours Sunday after an arm of the Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay came down on a motor home around 11 a.m.
Sturgeon Bay Assistant Fire Chief Tim Dietman describes the scene.
The Florida couple heading south through Sturgeon Bay in this motor home just before 11 a.m. found themselves underneath a counterweight on the Michigan Street bridge Sunday. The couple and their two dogs were not hurt in the accident.
According to Dietman, the Florida couple in the motor home and their two dogs were not hurt in the accident but they were a bit shaken up.
Sergeant Greg Zager with the Sturgeon Bay Police Department says the motor home was already past the traffic gate when the light turned red for the 11 a.m. bridge opening. The driver stopped but was too close to the counterweight.
When we spoke to Zager he had not yet investigated the incident with the bridge tender.
Westbound traffic on Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay was backed up past 14th Avenue Sunday afternoon after a motor home got tangled up in the Michigan Street bridge around 11 a.m. With the Highway 42/57 bypass bridge under construction, all regular and detour traffic had to be directed over one bridge for more than two hours.
The fire department towed the motor home away from the arm so they could test the bridge to make sure it still functioned properly.
At one point, southbound traffic was backed up past 14th Avenue on Michigan Street.
View video of authorities removing the damaged RV below. Video courtesy of Christie Weber