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Woman faces charges in Paoli bridge collapse

Mary Lambright, who was driving the semi-truck that caused an old Paoli bridge to collapse on Christmas day is facing several charges. (Source: Daniel Paxton/WAVE 3 News) Mary Lambright, who was driving the semi-truck that caused an old Paoli bridge to collapse on Christmas day is facing several charges. (Source: Daniel Paxton/WAVE 3 News)
(Source: Daniel Paxton/WAVE 3 News) (Source: Daniel Paxton/WAVE 3 News)
(Source: Daniel Paxton/WAVE 3 News) (Source: Daniel Paxton/WAVE 3 News)
(Source: Daniel Paxton/WAVE 3 News) (Source: Daniel Paxton/WAVE 3 News)

PAOLI, IN (WAVE) - The woman who was driving the semi-truck that caused an old Paoli bridge to collapse on Christmas day is facing several charges. 

Mary Lambright, 23 of Fredericksburg, has been cited for reckless operation of a tractor-trailer, disregarding a traffic control device and overweight on posted bridge. 

The accident happened around noon Friday. That's when Lambright, driving a semi with a 53-foot box trailer that contained 43,000 pounds of bottled water, attempted to cross the South Bridge located on South Gospel St. Lambright told Paoli police that she had driven over the bridge before in her personal vehicle and was aware of the posted sign that reads: "No semis, weight limit 6 tons." She also admitted that she didn't know how many pounds that was. The semi she was driving at the time of the accident weighed close to 30 tons. 

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According to a police report, the semi's trailer started ripping open when it was taller than the top of the bridge. As the semi continued on the bridge its weight caused the collapse. 

Lambright and her 17-year-old female cousin, who was also in the semi cab, were uninjured in the accident. 

The vehicle and trailer were hauled to Salem and are being held there pending an inspection by Indiana State Police. 

Lambright works for Louisville Logistics.

The iron truss bridge was built in 1880 by the Cleveland Bridge & Iron Company. 

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