Sheriff’s Office: GPS gets semi driver stuck on foot bridge near North Point Lighthouse

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A semi-trailer truck got stuck on a foot bridge near the North Point Lighthouse on Tuesday evening, November 11th.

Milwaukee County Sheriff's officials tell FOX6 News calls started coming in around 4:30 p.m.

Sheriff's officials say the semi's driver is a 50-year-old man who claimed he was following GPS directions that apparently led him to a foot path, over an initial pedestrian bridge and onto a second bridge, where the semi stopped.

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No other vehicles were involved, and no one was injured.

We're told the semi's driver was taken to the hospital to be evaluated.

"How he got across this bridge, which is now a bike path -- it's amazing that he didn't, the bridge didn't collapse. The bridges were built in 1893 when the park was built, so these are the original bridge trusses," Mark Kuehn, the curator of the North Point Lighthouse Museum said.

Sheriff's officials say the semi's driver will be cited for failing to obey a sign and reckless driving.

The semi was not hauling anything at the time of this incident.

We're told the Sheriff's Office is inspecting the semi, and an architect is being called in to repair damage to the second foot bridge.

A decision has been made to wait until morning to try to remove the truck -- a process that may involve removing one of the concrete posts on the bridge.

The pedestrian bridges in the area are commonly referred to as the "Lion Bridges."

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates.

7 comments

  • JokeEnthusiast

    This guy is an idiot. Anyone who blindly follows GPS directions is also an idiot. The county better get reimbursed by the trucking company for their idiot driver to repair those bridges.

    • swell_swell

      Some maps mark footpaths, footbridges, and staircases as roads and give them road names too. But if you are paying attention, you don’t drive down them. Two things needs to happen: 1) Cities/state need to not name footpaths/footbridges/staircases with the same names as streets, and 2) Drivers need to use their common sense and not drive on things that don’t look like roads.

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