Tuesday April 2, 2013

DUMMERSTON --Vermont State Police say they found a man who allegedly hit a covered bridge in Dummerston Sunday with a rental truck too high to pass through without hitting it.

On Monday, police issued a criminal citation to William R. Miller, 23, of Dummerston for leaving the scene of an accident.

Vermont State Police say the truck shattered a cross beam and tore the trim on the covered bridge, believed to be the longest covered bridge still in use in the state.

Police said the Budget rental truck crashed into the West Dummerston Covered Bridge at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday. The truck stopped briefly, but the police said the driver did not report the accident.

The town’s highway supervisor said the bridge did not sustain any structural damage and is still safe for travel. The 280-foot-long bridge was built in 1872 and crosses the West River.

On Monday, around 5:40 p.m., as a result of a citizen report, a state police officer located a damaged 24-foot Budget moving truck parked on Miller Road in Dummerston, police said.

Police said the vehicle’s operator was contacted and identified Miller, who said that he was driving the box truck at the time of the crash. Miller was operating the vehicle as part of his employment in collecting sap for his family’s farm and didn’t realize the height restriction on the bridge as he attempted to cross it, police said.

There is no indication of impaired operation at the time of the crash, police said. Miller was ordered to the report to the Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, in Windham on May 7 for arraignment.

-- Mark E. Rondeau

Material from the Associated Press was used in this story.