NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A truck driver carrying construction equipment though downtown Nashville did not have the proper permit to be driving in the area when he crashed into the overpass on Interstate 40E near the Demonbreun Street exit. His big load truck is now wedged under the bridge.
The crash has shut down the I-65 at I-40 loop and it’s not likely to reopen until Saturday.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, not only did the driver not have the proper endorsement on his license for the oversized truck, he failed to get a permit to drive through Middle Tennessee. He works for DG Equipment Movers out of Kentucky.
TDOT says the driver is taking responsibility for the damage. There were no injuries.
Fixing the bridge will take several months and cost around 4 million dollars. A 12-foot section of the bridge has to be removed to fix the outer beam.
Bridgestone Arena sent out a tweet warning drivers about the crash and to seek alternate routes for the Predators game tonight.
Marathon runners coming into town should take alternate routes and leave early.
TDOT says a contractor has to install tower struts to support the bridge before they can remove the truck. That procedure may take all night.