Southeast Brosterhous Road — north of Knott Road — was expected to be closed until early this morning after a backhoe being hauled on a flatbed trailer slammed into the railroad overpass Monday, causing structural damage.
Seth Morgan, 37, of Bend, was driving a pickup south on Brosterhous at about 12:50 p.m. When he drove under the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks, the upper part of the backhoe struck the overpass.
Railroad employees determined that the accident had caused structural damage to the overpass, causing some trains to be rerouted. Brosterhous was restricted to one lane for two hours while the roadway was cleared.
Repair work on the overpass was expected to keep a portion of the road closed until this morning, Bend police said. Drivers are advised to use other routes.
Morgan, who was evaluated by paramedics but needed no additional treatment, was issued a citation for careless driving.
Police say the overpass has been struck numerous times because of its low height compared to newer overpasses.
— Bulletin staff reports
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