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Byron Township – Police crash reports show truck drivers often ignore safety regulations along a western Michigan overpass that state officials say has been struck up to 11 times this year.

William Massey is a safety specialist with the Michigan Center for Truck Safety. He tells the Grand Rapids Press that truck drivers not measuring load heights may be leading to the collisions with the 100th Street bridge over U.S. 131 in Byron Township.

Two tractor-trailers carrying shipping containers hit the bridge in January, damaging beams. Both drivers were cited for carrying containers over the legal load height limit.

Massey says bumps or undulations in the road may also be causing trucks to bounce higher and strike the bridge.

State transportation officials plan to replace and upgrade the overpass in 2020.

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