Campus bridge closed after forklift accident

The repairs will close the bridge for a “few days” and are expected sometime in the coming month.

by Ian Larson

Parking and Transportation Services will close a pedestrian bridge on campus for repairs after a forklift operator drove into it on Monday, officials said. The bridge, which was closed briefly following the incident, connects Roy Wilkins Hall with the Knoll area and spans several rail lines. A forklift operator working on rail cars on the tracks below told police that he forgot to lower the machineâÄôs forks and accidentally drove into the bridge Monday evening, according to a University of Minnesota police report. Engineers have inspected the bridge and have ruled it safe for use, said Jacqueline Brudlos, Parking and Transportation Services communications coordinator. âÄúItâÄôs structurally safe, but we will have to make some minor repairs,âÄù Brudlos said. The repairs will close the bridge for a âÄúfew daysâÄù and are expected sometime in the coming month, Brudlos said. University Landcare barricaded the bridge following the incident, and it re-opened on Tuesday morning, Brudlos said. Minneapolis woman struck by car in gasoline theft A 35-year-old Minneapolis woman was hit by a car when she tried to get its license plate number as the driver left a Minneapolis gas station without paying for gasoline, according to a Minneapolis police report. A second woman saw the suspect enter her vehicle without paying for gas at the SuperAmerica on University Avenue Southeast. The witness called out to the suspect that she needed to pay before leaving, according to the report. As the victim crossed in front of the suspectâÄôs vehicle to get its license plate number, the suspect began to drive away, and the woman flipped over the hood of the suspectâÄôs car and landed on the pavement nearby, according to the report. The suspect continued to drive out of the lot and drove down University Avenue, away from the scene, according to the report. The victim refused medical care, according to the report. It is not clear if witnesses or the victim were employees of the gas station. Those involved declined to comment. Man jailed after fleeing police University of Minnesota police booked a 19-year-old Deephaven, Minn., man at Hennepin County Jail after he fled when they found him urinating in public early Sunday morning, according to a University police report. Police saw the man jump over a fence and run through backyards as he fled when they approached him on the corner of Sixth Street Southeast and 12th Avenue Southeast. Officers cut off the man and arrested him on a nearby sidewalk. Police cited the man for minor consumption of alcohol, public urination and fleeing police on foot. They booked him at Hennepin County Jail because they believed that âÄúif he were cited and released, his criminal conduct would continue,âÄù according to the report. The man was not available for comment.