Farm equipment leads to collapse of Holliday Road bridge in Zionsville


A bridge in north Zionsville collapsed after the driver of a John Deere tractor attempted to cross it pulling farm equipment that was wider than the structure.

Thomas Smith, 34, of Indianapolis told a Boone County Sheriff’s Office deputy who responded to the accident at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2 on the Holliday Road bridge over Eagle Creek that he didn’t realize the disc ripper attachment was too wide. He said he was nearly across when he noticed a top beam start to shake before the structure collapsed.

Smith wasn’t injured in the crash. According to a press release from the BCSO, Smith was cooperative with the investigation and displayed no signs of impairment from drugs or alcohol.

The Boone County Highway Dept. put up barricades and closed the Holliday Road to through traffic.

Suspect sought

Sugar Creek bridge in northern Boone County was damaged in late 2016 by farm equipment, and law enforcement is still searching for the person responsible for causing “multi-million dollar destruction,” according to a BCSO press release.

Anyone with information on damage to the Sugar Creek bridge is asked to contact Det. Sam Scott at 765-482-1412.