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Local woman escapes bridge collapse

October 7, 2012

DES MOINES - A Marshalltown woman is recovering from injuries after a collision cause part of a railroad bridge to collapse, crushing her sport utility vehicle.

A pickup pulling a crane on a trailer was trying to pass under the bridge Friday afternoon when the crane hit the bridge. The collision caused the bridge's metal support beams to fall, crushing 37-year-old Bobbi Hills' SUV, which was passing under the bridge at the time.

Hills was trapped until equipment could be brought in to lift a piece of the fallen bridge off of the crushed SUV. She was flown to a Des Moines hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries. The driver of the pickup that caused the collapse was not injured.



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