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Exit 87 reopens, lanes remain closed after truck mishap
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Richmond Hill Police Chief Billy Reynolds talks with Mayor Harold Fowler at the damaged overpass on Highway 17. - photo by Photo by Paul Floecker

The exit 87 off ramp from Interstate 95 south in Richmond Hill reopened around 9 p.m. Thursday, about 11 hours after a tractor trailer struck the I-95 overpass.

The right lane of Interstate 95 south at exit 87 and the right lane of Highway 17 north at the I-95 overpass remain closed as crews repair damage to the overpass.

The truck driver misjudged the height of the excavator that was loaded on his flatbed trailer and it became wedged under the I-95 overpass on Highway 17 north around 10 a.m. Thursday, Richmond Hill Police Chief Billy Reynolds said.

The truck was freed around 10:40 a.m., but Department of Transportation crews remained on the scene assessing the damage. A DOT structural engineer was called in from Atlanta, Reynolds said.

Drivers should expect "major delays" in the area while the bridge is being inspected and repaired, said DOT spokeswoman Jill Nagel.

Highway 17 north at exit 87 has only one lane open at this time. Highway 17 south at exit 87 has all lanes open.

The DOT suggests the following alternate routes:

* If traveling I-95 southbound, take exit 90 to Highway 144 east to Highway 17 southbound.

* If traveling on Highway 17 north, take Highway 144 west to I-95. 

No one was injured in the wreck.

"The state has assessed several charges against the driver," Reynolds said.

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