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Damaged Longview overpass still closed; safety in question

Damaged Longview overpass still closed; safety in question
LES HASSELL
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 8:20am

A busy South Longview overpass damaged by a fiery crash early Monday is likely to remain closed through the end of the week as officials await recommendations from state bridge inspectors on whether the structure is safe.

The MLK Boulevard overpass at Interstate 20 has been closed since about 3:40 a.m. Monday, after a tractor-trailer slammed into a guardrail on I-20 and burst into flames underneath the overpass, according to police reports.

The ensuing fire was so intense it caused some concrete on the bridge support beams and pillars to crumble.

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