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Driver identified, charged after damaging Panther Creek bridge

May 28, 2020

Photo courtesy of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky State Police troopers have identified and charged the driver of the gas truck involved in damaging the Panther Creek bridge on KY 81 beyond repair.

Willis M. Fagan, 53, of Livermore, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Fagan was operating a 1997 GMC flatbed truck belonging to United Propane Gas (UPG) in Livermore.

The investigation is ongoing.

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KSP said the public and media played an integral part in helping in this investigation.

The bridge will not reopen until the entire structure can be replaced, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. A temporary bridge could be installed in the coming months to the East side of the structure.

The bridge was damaged last week when the truck driven by Fagan impacted every crossmember along the top portion of the structure.

More details on what the plans for replacing the structure and installing a temporary bridge can be found here.

May 28, 2020

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