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Reik Road Bridge


View of collapsed structure complete with culprit truck

The driver of this rig should have known better than to drive his 10-wheeled logging truck across a pin-connected steel bridge that was not designed for it!

Photo courtesy of Don Simonson and www.cookmn.com

BH Photo #189383



Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Fork River on CR 495
St. Louis County, Minnesota
Destroyed by logging truck, 1992
Built 1920
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 160.1 ft.
Deck width: 17.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.87994, -92.97522   (decimal degrees)
47°52'48" N, 92°58'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/501852/5302957 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gheen NW
Inventory numbers
MN 88750 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 45509 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 29, 2010: New photo from Matthew Lohry
  • July 10, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated fate of bridge
  • June 16, 2010: Added by Matthew Lohry


  • Matt Lohry


Reik Road Bridge
Posted November 30, 2010, by Spanfan (susorcar [at] yahoo [dot] com)


Reik Road Bridge
Posted November 29, 2010, by Matthew Lohry (matthewlohry [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I remember when this accident happened back on 29 November 1992. The driver of this truck, which had no business crossing this bridge in the first place, was obviously driving very fast when the truck's loading boom struck the overhead portal bracing and caused the bridge to partially collapse. Given the weight of the truck, the damage done to the bridge, and the speed that the truck was moving, it was amazing that this thin-membered, pin-connected Pratt remained on its caisson piers!!