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Feb 25, 2016 1:37 PM

Police: Vermont school bus carrying basketball team damaged NH covered bridge in Cornish

The Associated Press

CORNISH (AP) — Police say a school bus carrying a girls' basketball team struck and damaged a historic covered bridge in New Hampshire.

READ: Historic covered bridge in Cornish damaged, police looking for vehicle that caused it

Cornish Police Chief Doug Hackett said 67-year-old bus driver Allan Henderson of Brandon, Vermont, got lost last weekend trying to find Windsor High School in Vermont. The bus carrying the Otter Valley Girls Basketball Team crossed the bridge and tried to turn around.

The bridge, posted at 6 tons and 7-foot-3 clearance, was struck on both ends by the bus, which has a 10-by-4 clearance requirement and a curb weight of up to 15 tons.

Police said they're investigating a misdemeanor charge of conduct after an accident and two violations.

The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally constructed in 1882.

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