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Garbage truck hits bridge
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A DeKalb County Landfill truck struck the Veterans Memorial Bridge over Highway 70 at College Street Monday morning. Roger Chapman, the driver of the 2013 Western Star truck, Roger Chapman, 54, was transported to St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital by DeKalb EMS for treatment of apparently minor injuries. According to Trooper T.J. Withers of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Chapman was traveling east on 70 with the lift raised on the truck when he struck the bridge. The trooper said that Chapman had just dropped a dumpster off near DCHS, and the lift was not lowered. The collision caused a great deal of damage to the underside of the bridge, scattering chunks of concrete across the highway, the eastbound lane of which was closed by city police until TDOT could come out and inspect the structure. College Street was also closed at the top of the bridge, and remained so Tuesday. Chapman was issued a citation by city police for traveling 57 mph in a 40-mile zone. The accident is being investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.