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Cracked rail bridge raises concerns

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INDEPENDENCE (KWWL)-- Don Scott has fished on the Wapsipinicon River all his life.

"I fish the river three of four times a week," Scott said.

Three years ago, he noticed a crack in one of the wing supports on the rail bridge that goes over the river. For the past three years, he says he has watched the crack get bigger and bigger.

Scott emailed the DOT about the problem in 2007.

A bridge safety specialist from Washington D.C. replied, saying they would investigate his concerns.

"I have never seen anybody down here inspecting the thing and I'm on the river most all the time," Scott said.

Scott's biggest concern is the wing could break off or there could even be a train wreck.

"There is a lot of heavy train traffic coming over this thing about three times a day and I think the thing with the vibration is really settling that stuff behind it and helping that wing to move out," Scott said.

The bridge is owned by Illinois Central Railroad. The company says it checked the bridge in June and it is structurally safe.

Railroad officials also said engineering crews are aware of the cracked concrete and have been monitoring it through regular inspections.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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