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January 21, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Driver of overweight truck gets a ticket — for $40,000

A semi flatbed truck carrying more than 126,000 pounds beyond the legal limit broke down on a county road just west of Mount Vernon Monday, blocking the road for about 14 hours before a truck arrived that was big enough to tow it away.

The truck didn’t cause significant damage to any bridges or roads, according to the Washington State Patrol, but the $40,000 ticket issued will likely put a dent in the truck company’s bank account.

The maximum weight for the county bridges is 105,500 pounds, WSP trooper Mark Francis said. The  truck, which was heading to Anacortes from Texas, was carrying a transformer and weighed 232,000 pounds. Had it not broken down at Best and McLean roads because of mechanical issues, officials may never have realized a truck so large was going through the county, Francis said.

The trucking company obtained permits from the Department of Transportation for the truck, Francis said, but the permit covers only interstates and state highways. The driver didn’t have valid permits to drive county bridges, which, Francis said, may have been a result of miscommunication between the trucking company and the company that obtains the permits.

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