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State hopes to reopen Beebe Bridge next week

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WENATCHEE, Wash. - The state Department of Transportation hopes to allow limited traffic on the U.S. 97 Beebe Bridge by the end of the month.

A tractor-trailer rig loaded with apples rammed a support beam of a U.S. 97 bridge north of Wenatchee and plunged into the Columbia River

The bridge across the Columbia River at Chelan Falls was closed by a fatal truck accident on Aug. 31. Since then, vehicles haven't been allowed on the sagging bridge deck. Limited pedestrian use has been allowed since Sept. 8.

Project engineer Brantley Bain says the bridge might reopen as early as Monday, but crews won't know until critical repairs are completed this week. The accident caused extensive damage, and some replacement pieces have have had to be designed and fabricated from scratch.

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The Washington State Patrol says the body of a man has been pulled from the Columbia River days after the tractor-trailer rig he was riding in crashed on a U.S. 97 bridge.

The body, presumed to be 60-year-old Peter D. Wooley of Olympia, was recovered Saturday morning.

Wooley was a passenger in a tractor-trailer rig that rammed into Beebe Bridge near Chelan Falls on Monday. The cab broke free in the crash and plunged into the river. The crash killed the rig's driver, 48-year-old Kathleen Walker of Olympia.

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