A bridge in Guthrie Center collapsed Friday night into “Brushy Creek” as a farmer drove his tractor across it. The man driving the tractor was taken to the hospital and released with non – life threatening injuries.
However, Saturday morning, crews were still picking up the aftermath. The tractor and the two ammonia tankers it was pulling have been removed from the creek but several pieces of wood and metal still remain. Crews don’t believe anything spilled into the creek but they did place spill pillows in the water to be safe.
Crews say the bridge was built in the 1950’s which raises their concern. John Knobloch with the Agriland farming cooperative, the company whose tractor fell into the creek, says there is a legitimate need to better infrastructure for bridges.
“The rural bridges are getting weaker and the equipment is getting larger and so the bridges are just plain old getting older.”
Iowa ranks number third in the nation for the most structurally deficient bridges.