The Red River bridge is back open after a defect caused an 18-wheeler to flip last night.
The expansion joint on the bridge was defective, which caused a large piece of metal to stick up in the northbound lane, Colby Cason, Lt. with Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. A car driven by Lisa Carter was headed northbound when she saw the metal.
“She could either hit the metal or swerve and miss the metal and go into oncoming traffic,” Cason said. “When she hit it, Jeffrey Shane Brown in a semi-truck loading gravel was headed southbound and struck the piece of metal, too, causing him to veer to the left, go through a guardrail and overturn.”
Brown was extracted from the vehicle by Bonham VFD and was flown to Medical Center of Plano. Cason said as of today, Brown is in stable condition. Carter was transported to Texas Medical Center where she was treated and released.
“The bridge was shut down pending the opinion of Oklahoma Department of Transportation until this morning,” he said. “At least one lane is now back open.”