Trucker was first to report Green Bay bridge sag

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A trucker was crossing the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge in Green Bay early last Wednesday when he felt something strange underneath his rig -- so strange that he reached for his cellphone and dialed 911.

Press-Gazette Media reports (http://gbpg.net/16Cc8Oh ) that when he reported the pavement on the bridge seemed to be sagging, the dispatcher either could not understand him or could not believe it.

After being dispatched to investigate, a Green Bay police officer reported about 10 minutes later that nothing appeared unusual. It would be almost another hour before officers realized the 120-foot-tall bridge had, in fact, sagged and that the highway had to be shut down.

The bridge remains closed indefinitely while officials try to determine why a support pier sank, causing a 2-foot dip in the pavement.

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Information from: Press-Gazette Media, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

AP-WF-09-29-13 1843GMT