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May 24, 2012 6:47 PM by Kate Richards

Southern Colorado bridge collapses

TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) - A crack in a bridge in southern Colorado is forcing drivers to take the long route along a scenic byway that runs west from Trinidad to the Sangre De Cristo mountains.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says the crack developed Wednesday evening on Colorado Highway 12 west of Trinidad, just after a large truck crossed the bridge over the Purgatoire River. CDOT says the crack led to about two feet of concrete breaking off, leading to the closure.

There were no injuries. Traffic is being rerouted on Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 160.

The Colorado State Patrol tells the Colorado Springs Gazette there have been concerns in the past about the stability of the bridge, which was built in 1925. The bridge was being replaced when the crack appeared.

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