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Bridge collapses in Jefferson County, no injuries

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Bridge collapses in Jefferson County, no injuries

WOODLAWN, Ill. -- Authorities in southern Illinois say a bridge collapsed near the Jefferson County community of Woodlawn, but no one was injured.

WSIL-TV says the bridge collapsed Thursday afternoon just after a semitrailer hauling gravel crossed the span over Rayse Creek.

The bridge had a satisfactory rating on a national evaluation last year and was designed to carry vehicles weighing as much as 80,000 pounds. The speed limit on the stretch of Panzier Lane is 55 mph.

Simmons says it'll likely cost up to $600,000 to fix the bridge and the work could take months.

He says the driver saw the collapsed bridge when he looked through his rearview mirror.

Illinois state investigators are expected to review the bridge on Friday.

Woodlawn is about 43 miles north of Carbondale.

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