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Driver who caused Paoli bridge collapse loses job, publicly apologizes

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Mary Lambright Mary Lambright

PAOLI, Ind. (WDRB) -- It was Christmas Day and Mary Lambright says she was at the end of a long haul from the east coast.

“We got home and we were really, really tired,” said Lambright.

She was on her way to park her semi-truck for the night before heading to a family Christmas dinner.

She went to cross a bridge in downtown Paoli but didn't realize her truck was too tall and too heavy, causing it to collapse beneath her.

"I made the mistake and I'm so very sorry it happened,” she said.

Officials say her truck was carrying thousands of bottles of water and its weight was nearly six times the posted limit.

Lambright, 23, was arraigned in court Monday on a class B misdemeanor and three driving infractions.

She could face fines and 180 days in jail.

When asked if she was fired, Lambright said: “The company quit. It was a very small company so they just quit."

Lambright and her husband are now without jobs.

The man she says owned the company wouldn't take our calls so it's unclear whether or not the company has in fact closed down or if there are more drivers who lost their jobs.

"It put me out of a job as well. But I'm doing some construction around to here to keep up with the house payments and stuff like that,” said Edward Lambright, Mary’s husband.

"I'm looking for a job and then I don't know. I don't know if I'll lose my license or not. I don't know if I'll go to jail or not. I don't know what's going to happen so I'm just taking one day at a time,” said Lambright.

The trucking company's insurance and the Orange County Commissioners are now trying to figure out who will cover damages.

County officials believe it will cost about a million dollars to rebuild the bridge.

"This is my hometown and I just want to apologize to the community of what happened. It was a mistake,” said Edward Lambright.

Lambright’s pre-trial hearing has been set for April 5.

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