Thieves Attempt to Steal Bridge in Marion County
Sheriff Jerry DeVore reports the bridge was on a Citation Oil Field Road near the Nation and Selmaville Road intersection. The sheriff's department was called after one of the torches being used to try and cut up the bridge ruptured the gas line that was carrying methane gas away from an oil rig.
There was no fire or explosion, but the leak was apparently enough to scare those off who were trying to cut up the bridge. DeVore says they left their cutting torch and tanks behind. So far they have not been located.
The sheriff believes they were planning to cut up the bridge to sell the metal as scrap.
See other LocalNews news:Two Canadian Residents Hurt in I-57 Crash in Jefferson County
Illinois to Close Youth Correctional Facility in Kewanee
Ray LaHood, NPR Host Among Order of Lincoln Award Winners
Illinois Governor's Mansion Renovation Gets $1M in Donations
Illinois Roads Could Benefit from Potential $84.7M Windfal