A tractor belonging to T. Wright Dickinson was found stuck on Swinging Bridge in Browns Park on Wednesday.

Courtesy/Darvey Christiansen

A tractor belonging to T. Wright Dickinson was found stuck on Swinging Bridge in Browns Park on Wednesday.

Tractor stuck on Swinging Bridge in Browns Park

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T. Wright Dickinson removed the tractor from Swinging Bridge with the help of friends and neighbors Monday night.

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge staff discovered a tractor stuck on Swinging Bridge Wednesday, partially plunged through the middle of the overpass.

The back tires of the tractor crashed through the base of the bridge, so the vehicle is now stuck in the middle of the landmark structure with no set time for removal.

Joel Colvin, biological science technician for Browns Park, said the bridge is shut down until the tractor is removed.

“There’s a tractor stuck on the bridge so it’s closed at this time,” he said.

The owner of the tractor is rancher T. Wright Dickinson — a former Moffat County commissioner. It will be up to him to get the vehicle removed.

“We are making the owner remove it. We have people on site, but we are not going to be removing it ourselves,” said Linda DeRose, manager of the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department.

While the county will supervise the removal of the tractor, to make sure no further damage is done to the bridge, they will not pay for it, DeRose said.

“It’s kind of a hazardous situation at the moment, as far as getting it off the bridge and everything,” she said. “We’re not willing to pay to hire someone to remove it.”

The county hasn’t had an opportunity to evaluate the full extent of the damage, DeRose said.

“We’ll probably have to have an engineer look at it,” she added.

DeRose said she couldn't understand why someone would try to drive the tractor across the bridge since the structure was posted as only being able to hold three tons and the tractor is significantly heavier.

People who want to cross the river will need to drive another 10 miles west and use the Bridge Hollow crossing. While it will only add about 30 miles to the trip, the roads are rough so travelers should anticipate adding an additional one to two hours travel time.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.

Comments

Fred Duckels 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I will bet that the tractor had been stolen and the thief is nowhere to be found.

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Eric Meyer 5 months, 3 weeks ago

"The owner of the tractor is rancher T. Wright Dickinson — a former Moffat County commissioner. It will be up to him to get the vehicle removed."

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john bailey 5 months, 3 weeks ago

dollars to doughnuts it was stolen.....you know the issues they have in Moffat county ? helluva joy ride though ,no ?

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Fred Duckels 5 months, 3 weeks ago

The only solution that I can see is to position the RCR trail machine directly under the tractor and use the winch to pull down and free the farm tractor.

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Scott Wedel 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I am told that it was a recently hired ranch hand.

I'd guess that they'll use demolition explosives to remove that section of roadway decking and then deal with the debris on the ground. Since the tractor is already well over the bridge load limit then they cannot bring any equipment on the bridge to remove it. Even a lifting helicopter is going to add load via the downdraft on the bridge decking.

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John St Pierre 5 months, 3 weeks ago

News report said bridge rated 3 tons..... tractor weighs 13 tons... just cannot fix stupid !!!!!

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Fred Duckels 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I've been over the bridge in a car and that had me checking my hole card. I can't imagine driving that machine, it helps to have two IQ's to rub together.

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rhys jones 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm thinking most new ranch hands don't do anything without being told to.

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Scott Wedel 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Look at how much the bridge has flexed under the load.

Bridge engineer is probably impressed that it handled the overload all the way until the weakest point.

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Fred Duckels 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I just receive a call from an irate RCR supporter who identified me as the lowest animal on earth. Liberals take it personal.

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Scott Wedel 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Lower than Dick Cheney? What an ignorant caller. :)

Won't be long before RCR is ripping itself apart from an internal fight between the volunteers and the well paid construction related employees.

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Fred Duckels 5 months, 3 weeks ago

The tractor in this position is ultimately the prime time to start pointing fingers.

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Chris Hadlock 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I would have thought the very first thing the driver did was clean his shorts!!

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