The historic Devils Elbow Bridge sustained some pretty serious damage Thursday afternoon due to an accident on the bridge.

According to Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk, a trash truck hit the bridge and caused damage to a beam compromising the safety of the bridge. Newkirk told the Daily Guide Thursday, and it was confirmed again on Friday, that the bridge was closed to vehicles over 3,000 lbs. and is open to cars only.

Newkirk posted on the Daily Guide's Facebook page that "the person that hit the bridge was heartbroken and called me and said I just hit the bridge and damaged it."

Newkirk told the Daily Guide that a report was taken with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the county would be fixing the bridge.

"Thank you for being honest," Newkirk said in his comments, aiming them at the individual who hit the bridge.

The accident at the bridge comes at an unfortunate time for the Devils Elbow residents, who have been faced with some serious difficulties this year after the flood that damaged most of the area. They had just decorated the bridge for Christmas and were looking forward to the tourism travel that the bridge brings.

The Daily Guide asked Newkirk if there were any updates on the bridge prior to press time Friday and Newkirk said he didn't have anything new to report.

The Daily Guide will continue to follow this story as it develops.