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Truck hits bridge on I-90; tank rolls into median

MURDO -- A semi-truck driven by a Canadian man collided with a bridge Thursday morning on Interstate 90.

The incident occurred around 9:20 a.m. near mile marker 191, about one mile west of Murdo. The truck, driven by Gary Witzko, of Spruce Grove, Alberta, was hauling an empty 30,000-gallon oil tank when it collided with a bridge running over the interstate.

The tank broke loose from the truck upon impact with the bridge and rolled into the median. Officers with South Dakota Highway Patrol and Jones County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident.

Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation were called to assess the damage done to the bridge. They decided the bridge will have to be closed until repairs can be made.

An estimate of how long the repairs will take has not yet been determined.

Witzko was not hurt and was wearing his seat belt when the incident occurred. He was issued a citation for violating the permit he was given to drive the oversize load through South Dakota.

The charge is a misdemeanor punishable by 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The Highway Patrol reported a crane would be needed to remove the wrecked tank from the median and place it on another truck to be hauled away.