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Driver charged after truck damaged Lougheed Highway overpass, forcing rush hour closure

Stephanie Ip

(Nick Procaylo/Postmedia Network/Files)

(Nick Procaylo/Postmedia Network/Files)

A Surrey man has been charged after a truck carrying a crane was driven into a CP Rail overpass this summer.

Robert Thomas Bateman, 64, faces one count of dangerous driving and one count of mischief for the Aug. 18 crash in Coquitlam.

According to Coquitlam RCMP, the CP Rail overpass crossing Lougheed Highway, just south of Barnet Highway, was damaged when a flatbed truck carrying a crane on the back collided with the span and caused a "visible hole."

The overpass, which is used by TransLink's West Coast Express, remained closed through the afternoon and caused delays in the WCE schedule. The accident also led to the closure of Lougheed Highway during the afternoon rush hour that day.

CP engineers examined the span following the crash and it was reopened and is operating normally.