Man Turns Himself In For Bridge Damage

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SCRANTON---Eric Gower,28, the man investigators said hit the bridge that connects Moosic Street to downtown Scranton back in November was charged Friday.

Police said Gower was driving a truck with some heavy equipment when he damaged the bridge, then left the scene.

After a 7-month investigation, police filed charges.

Those charges include risking catastrophe, which is a felony.

Gower turned himself in to Scranton police Friday afterboon.

After a hearing, a district justice sent him to jail on 20-thousand dollars bail.

"I was a little bit surprised at the bail and it is what it is and we will go from here," said Anthony Moses, Gower's attorney.

Gower was driving trucks for a company owned by Lackawanna County businessman Bob Bolus.

Bolus was not available for an on-camera interview Friday, but described Gower as a good person who was being treated unfairly by authorties.

Some of Gower's co-workers showed up to support him in court.

Gower's attorney said he will fight the charges.

"We think it was simply an accident, we don't think there was any recklessness involved."

Gower's attorney said life has been tough for his client since the accident, but he is hoping now that Gower been charged things might improve.

"It's been nerve-wracking, it's been stressful and I think he's kind of relieved that something finally happened and now he can put it behind him and go forward," he said.