Tractor-trailer tips over on Newport Bridge
By: Rachael Perry
NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) — The Newport Bridge was closed for some time on Friday after a tractor-trailer tipped over.
Wind caused a tractor-trailer to tip over around 11:00 a.m., and rest on the barrier of the center span, Rhode Island State Police said.
Due to the trailer’s precarious position, travel was restricted to one lane in either direction while crews worked to remove it.
Around 3:00 p.m., the tractor-trailer was removed and all lanes on either side of the bridge were clear for passenger traffic.
After the removal, the Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority advised the bridge was only open to passenger vehicles. Other vehicles such as buses and box trucks were restricted due to high winds, in fear other that accidents could occur. This rule was put in place for the rest of the day and into the evening.
Other bridges in Rhode Island, such as the Jamestown and the Mt. Hope Bridges followed the same safety protocol.
As of 11:00 p.m., all travel restrictions were lifted for all three major bridges.