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May Avenue bridge has been hit before

Thursday wasn't the first time the May Avenue bridge took a direct hit.

In July 1993, the bridge sustained significant damage from a truck hauling a large backhoe that exceeded the maximum height of the bridge underpass, according to The Oklahoman's archives.

The backhoe struck the bridge, causing the southbound lanes of the bridge to cave in. Chunks of concrete fell on two cars that were following the truck on Northwest Expressway. Five people who were in the two cars suffered minor injuries.

Another crash occurred at the bridge in 2014, but the bridge wasn't knocked down, according to a news release from the city of Oklahoma City.

Click here to read more about the 1993 incident.

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Darla Slipke

Darla Slipke is an enterprise reporter for The Oklahoman. She is a native of Bristol, Conn., and a graduate of the University of Kansas. Slipke worked for newspapers in Kansas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Oklahoma, including a previous... Read more ›