Passenger critically injured on southbound I-75 after Maple Road bridge hit ... again

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MUNDY TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (5/10/2019) - The passenger in a pickup truck was injured by a flying engine block after a semi truck hit the Maple Road bridge again.

The engine from a scrap car hit the Maple Road bridge over I-75 and crashed through the windshield of a Chevrolet Silverado driving behind the semi truck towing it.

The southbound lanes of I-75 were backed up for miles after the crash around 11 a.m. Friday.

Michigan State Police officials on the scene said a semi truck hauling junk cars was too high and hit the overpass. Debris littered the southbound lanes and possibly caused damage to the bridge structure.

The engine from one of the cars hit the bridge went through the passenger side windshield of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driving behind the semi truck.

The 18-year-old Flint man riding in the passenger seat sustained critical injuries. Michigan State Police officials said the passenger was listed in critical but stable condition at an area hospital Friday afternoon.

His 50-year-old uncle, who was driving the truck, did not report any injuries.

The left lanes of southbound I-75 were closed while police and Michigan Department of Transportation crews investigated and cleared the scene. MDOT was assessing whether additional repairs will be necessary for the bridge.

At 12:30 p.m., the traffic backup extended all the way north to Court Street in Flint Township.

A Michigan State Police investigator said the junk cars were stacked too high on the semi truck. The state limit is six inches below the height of the lowest bridge.

Police say the semi trailer's load was about 15 feet tall while the Maple Road overpass is marked as 14 feet, 2 inches high.

The truck driver was not issued a ticket at the scene, but criminal charges or other law enforcement action could follow later when the investigation is complete.

Several crashes into the Maple Road bridge have been reported in recent years, damaging the beams on both sides. Road crews recently installed a temporary barrier on both sides to keep traffic off the cantilevered sides.

The Maple Road bridge is scheduled for replacement in 2020, which will include raising it slightly to avoid future collisions with the structure.

A truck hauling junk cars hit the Maple Road bridge over southbound I-75 on Friday.