Falling Ice Closes Dallas' Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

Bridge reopened to traffic shortly before 4 p.m.

By Greg Janda
|  Thursday, Dec 12, 2013  |  Updated 9:53 AM CDT
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Chunks of falling ice shut down Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas for hours on Wednesday.

Randy McIIwain, NBC 5 News

Chunks of falling ice shut down Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas for hours on Wednesday.

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Falling Ice Closes MHH Bridge in Dallas

Police have barricaded the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge over the Trinity River in Dallas in order to keep drivers safe from ice falling from the bridge's pillars and cables.

Ice Falls From Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

Chopper 5 catches the falling of a chunk of ice from the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas on Dec. 11, 2013.
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For six hours Wednesday, the Dallas police shut down the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in order to keep drivers safe from ice falling from the bridge's pillars and cables.

At about 10 a.m., a driver reported his car was struck by a large chunk of ice that fell from the bridge.  The ice dented the car's hood, but the driver was not injured.

The Dallas Police Department blocked access to the bridge, and re-routed traffic to Riverfront Boulevard.

Officers said the falling ice was not in huge sheets, like what had been seen falling from roofs, but rather big chunks coming from the cables high above the roadway.

City workers and police monitored the bridge for safety throughout the afternoon and opened the bridge to traffic just before 4 p.m.

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