KSP identify and charge driver of truck that struck bridge

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(WEHT) – Kentucky State Police troopers have identified and charged the driver of the gas truck that struck the Panther Creek bridge last week.

Willis M. Fagan, 53 of Livermore, was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Fagan was operating a 1997 GMC flatbed truck belonging to United Propane Gas (UPG) in Livermore when it struck the bridge.

Police located the man after several witnesses contacted police and helped identify the crane truck.

The strike affected the bridge’s pillars, damaging its structural integrity.

Troopers say Fagan came forward yesterday about his role in the damage.

Trooper Corey King says the driver failed to tell any law enforecement agency about what happened.

Troopers still plan to talk with prosecutors to see if any more action, such as more charges, should be taken. We also called UPG’s Livermore office, and it’s corporate office for further comment, but our calls have not been returned so far.

After surveying the damage earlier this week, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC) announced Tuesday the bridge will not reopen.

The investigation is on-going.

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(This story was originally published on May 28, 2020)

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