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A bucket truck overturned on the Sakonnet River Bridge in Tiverton, leaving two workers stranded in the bucket as they inspected the underside of the bridge.

The workers were rescued just before 3 p.m. Monday.

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority said the truck, called a snooper, tipped over Monday afternoon while a private contractor was conducting the routine bridge inspection. The vehicle has an arm that extends out and underneath a bridge to inspect it.

The bridge was closed to all traffic while the workers were rescued. RITBA says the workers are safe.

RITBA says it's not yet clear why the vehicle malfunctioned. The agency says it believes all safety protocols and procedures were followed.

RITBA says it will conduct an internal investigation of the incident.


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