FORT WORTH -- The Lockheed Boulevard/Spur 341 bridge over Interstate 30 in west Fort Worth may be closed for about two months while crews repair a support column damaged early Thursday when an 18-wheeler slammed into it, officials said Friday.
Hector Hernandez, 13, of McKinney, who was in the sleeper portion of the truck, was killed. The driver, Hector Hernandez Sr., was released from a hospital Friday with minor injuries, police said.
Hernandez is unlikely to receive a citation, police said, but the collision is still under investigation.
Texas Department of Transportation workers set up temporary shoring for bridge beams and decided that it was safe to open two lanes of the eastbound West Freeway beneath the bridge, in addition to one lane of the frontage road, spokesman Val Lopez said.
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But designing a permanent fix will take longer. "That column was destroyed. You had a bridge go from four columns down to three," Lopez said.
"We're continuing to assess the extent of damage. We're working very quickly to come up with a design and prepare an emergency contract to begin reconstruction as soon as possible."
In March, a fiery accident involving a wrong-way driver and a tanker truck severely damaged the Beach Street bridge over the East Freeway. Repairs were finished in late June.
In that case, an emergency contract of $677,000 was issued, and the general contractor, Gibson and Associates, finished the work a month ahead of schedule, Lopez said.
"Bridges are very specialized things," Lopez said.
"They need to be very well-constructed and -designed. A repair can't be done hastily."
Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657