I-66 Sign Falls, No Injuries

VDOT: sign fell shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday

Monday, Feb 13, 2012  |  Updated 7:38 AM EDT
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The Virginia Department of Transportation has launched an investigation after a sign on I66 fell on a truck Saturday afternoon.

Tracee Wilkins

The Virginia Department of Transportation has launched an investigation after a sign on I66 fell on a truck Saturday afternoon.

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Highway Sign Falls Onto Interstate 66

A huge highway sign crashed to the ground Saturday along Interstate 66 in Fairfax County.
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An overhead highway sign fell off its perch on the eastbound side of Interstate 66 at the Monument Drive overpass, landing on a vehicle passing underneath.

 

The Virginia Department of Transportation said that the sign fell shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday.  VDOT said that the 30-foot high sign did strike a pick-up truck, but no injuries were reported. The left shoulder and left lane of 66 East were closed while the accident was cleared.

On Saturday, strong winds buffeted the area, but it was not immediately clear whether the weather played a factor in the incident.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said it inspects all sign structures every five years.  The I-66 sign had last been checked in December of 2007, but officials said crews inspected the sign's anchor bolts more recently.

Throughout the week, VDOT said it will begin checking all the signs overhanging I-66.  The investigation could take several weeks.

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