Pedestrian bridge collapses onto Detroit freeway

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Pedestrian bridge collapses onto Detroit freeway

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 "Truck driver dead in bridge collapse on Detroit freeway"

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DETROIT (AP) - Police say the driver of a truck that hit a pedestrian bridge over a Detroit freeway, causing it to collapse, has died.

Michigan State Police Lt. Michael A. Shaw told reporters at the scene that the driver died Friday morning following the bridge collapsing onto the Southfield Freeway. He didn't share details about what caused the driver's death.

Shaw says the driver, whose identity has not been released, worked for a waste-hauling business. He says "momentum is enough to take down the bridge" when hit by a truck.

Shaw says no one was on the bridge when it fell.

The freeway was closed from Interstate 96 to Joy Road during rush hour. The Michigan Department of Transportation and state police say they weren't sure how long the roadway would be closed.

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