Suspension Bridge closed until at least June

This bridge pillar was damaged in the March 20 crash, according to state transportation officials. (Photo: Courtesy Nancy Wood, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)
This bridge pillar was damaged in the March 20 crash, according to state transportation officials. (Photo: Courtesy Nancy Wood, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)
A pregnant woman was taken to the hospital from the March 20 crash. (FOX19 NOW/file)
A pregnant woman was taken to the hospital from the March 20 crash. (FOX19 NOW/file)

COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) - The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge is closed until at least June while the 151-year-old structure undergoes repairs from damage in a crash last week, state transportation officials announced Monday.

Damage to the bridge's pillar is requiring such a long closure as a safety precaution, said Nancy Wood, spokeswoman for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Drivers are advised to use the Brent Spence or Big Mac bridges in the meantime.

The Suspension Bridge has been closed since the evening of March 20, when the driver of a southbound vehicle lost control, and it crashed into the pillar, a Covington police report shows.

The driver ran off, leaving two passengers behind, including a pregnant woman, police said.

Police found the pregnant woman semi-conscious and lying on the sidewalk when they arrived.

The other passenger, a man, told police he pulled the woman, who is pregnant with his child, from the front seat of the car.

The woman was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with what officials believed was a broken femur, according to police.

The male passenger told police he and the woman received a ride from the man "through a ride sharing service called bootleg," according to the report. They did not know the driver's name.

The car was severely damaged in the crash.

Police say slippery surface and excessive speed were factors.

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