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If you think the weekend rains were bad . . .

It happened April 21, 1948. Heavy rains had caused flooding in the area, bad enough that Highway 55 between Columbia and Campbellsville had been closed at the Green River bridge because water was over the road there.

The Campbellsville Street Bridge over Russell Creek collapsed around noon that day.

It turned out to be a day of miracles because no lives were lost. Miraculously, neither the driver of the truck which went down with the bridge nor the 13-year-old passenger needed medical treatment. Another miracle that day is that the next vehicle headed north, a school bus with 40 passengers aboard, was not on the bridge at the time of the crash. And it was fortunate that the heavier Lewis Transport gasoline tanker which had just come across the bridge headed south, didn't crash either.

If you'd like to read the full story written by Ed Waggener, just click here, or visit our "stories archive", and look for the July 1997 issue, to find the article entitled "The Day the Bridge Fell".


This story was posted on 2003-02-17 12:12:33
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