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UPDATE: Driver back in court after crash that forced closure of Ashland bridge

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Dennis Smith, a driver with LR Daniels Transportation, was in court Monday afternoon to answer charges of failure to control his vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

He did not enter a plea, but will be provided a court appointed attorney. The judge set Smith's bail at $10,000. He is scheduled to appear back in court for a preliminary hearing next week.





The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the name of the man who they say crashed into the Ben Williamson Memorial Bridge in Ashland, eventually forcing its closure, according to Sgt. Kevin Kobi. 

Investigators say Dennis J. Smith, a driver for LR Daniels Transportation, will be charged with failure to control and leaving scene of accident.

Months of interviewing witnesses and going over surveillance video led to the charge.

The bridge connects Route 52 in Ohio and Route 23 in Kentucky. 

The crash happened on May 17 just before 8 a.m., according to investigators.  

That crash damaged the structure of the bridge.  Investigators said that truck hit a beam on the Ohio side of the bridge as it was turning left onto it.

The bridge was closed a week later, and Ashland businesses have reported major losses as a result.

Smith will be arraigned on July 1 in Ironton Municipal Court.

Leaving the scene of an accident carries a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail if convicted.

Stay with 13 News for more on this developing story.



He did not enter a plea, but will