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Driver cited for furnace hitting bridge, falling off 18-wheeler in Burke County

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — A truck driver in Burke County has been cited after a 4.5-ton furnace came off his trailer when it hit a bridge.

It happened Wednesday on Old NC Highway 10 near Icard.

The furnace struck the Interstate 40 bridge that runs over the highway. The impact caused the furnace, which was being hauled away for scrap, to come off the big rig and slam into an SUV headed in the opposite direction.

Troopers said the SUV was heavily damaged. They said the driver was taken to the hospital but has since been released.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to inspect that bridge to ensure it isn’t damaged.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was cited with an over-height and a permit violation.

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