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Union: Bus driver didn't know he'd damaged historic NH covered bridge

The Associated Press

CORNISH (AP) — Union leaders say a bus driver who hit and damaged a historic covered bridge in New Hampshire didn't realize what he'd done until the following morning.

Jeanne Collins told the Eagle Times that the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union in Vermont accepts responsibility for the Feb. 19 accident that damaged the Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge in Cornish.

Cornish police say Allan Henderson was transporting the Otter Valley Girls Basketball Team when the bus damaged the bridge. Police say the bus was 19,000 pounds over the bridge's weight limit and more than three feet taller than its height limit.

Collins says no one heard or saw the bridge become damaged. Henderson notified a supervisor after noticing bus damage the following day.

The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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