In what seems to a be trend in the past year, another one of our region’s covered bridges has been struck by a motorist who then fled the scene. Newport’s Corbin Bridge is the victim of this hit and run, which occurred on Saturday, prior to 1:45 PM. Around that time, the Newport Emergency Communications Center received multiple calls that someone had hit Corbin Bridge and caused extensive damage before fleeing the scene.
Newport Police officers responded and found serious damage to the facade but it was deemed still structurally sound. They also found car parts on the ground, which had hit the bridge while traveling East, meaning the car was left with extensive damage to the passenger side of the vehicle.
Police are seeking information on this incident and are urging anyone with information or anyone who witnessed the hit and run to contact the Newport Police Department or the Connecticut Valley Crime Stoppers.
The Corbin Bridge was built in 1845 and was destroyed by a fire in 1993, thus removing it from the National Register of Historic Places. It was since rebuilt and is one of 54 wooden covered bridges in New Hampshire.