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Historic bridge in southern Indiana back open after collapse

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After two years and lots of work, a historic bridge in southern Indiana is back open. After two years and lots of work, a historic bridge in southern Indiana is back open.
The Paoli Bridge collapsed on Christmas Day, two years ago, after a semi truck got stuck while trying to cross. The Paoli Bridge collapsed on Christmas Day, two years ago, after a semi truck got stuck while trying to cross.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After two years and lots of work, a historic bridge in southern Indiana is back open.

The Paoli Bridge collapsed on Christmas Day, two years ago, after a semi truck got stuck while trying to cross. Officials say the truck was carrying bottles of water that weighed about 35 tons -- nearly six times the weight limit. 

The crumpled mess of a bridge, that was built in the 1800's sat for more than a year while insurance and quotes came together.

On Wednesday, a crowd was waiting as the barriers were moved and the first car drove across the newly opened bridge.

It's now called the Sol Strauss and James M. Tucker Memorial Bridge.

Insurance for the trucking company ended up paying about $700,000 for the repairs.

The woman driving the semi truck, Mary Lambright, was found guilty of destroying the bridge and sentenced to jail time. Her license was also revoked for 180 days.

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