- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) - Police say a driver crashed into a 122-year-old bridge in a Cincinnati park, toppling one of four stone eagles that were once part of the city’s Chamber of Commerce building before it burned down in 1911.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (https://cin.ci/2eYG3Jv ) police say a hospital worker heading home from a night shift early Sunday crashed into the side of the Melan Arch Bridge trying to avoid hitting a deer.

The five-foot-tall eagles flank the bridge, which museum records say is the oldest reinforced concrete bridge in the country.

University of Cincinnati library records say the eagles had been on the estate of real-estate developer and business speculator Jacob Hoffner. Abraham Lincoln visited Hoffner’s statues in 1855.

The city Transportation and Engineer’s Office couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, https://www.enquirer.com

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