Shellbrook overpass

Damage to the Shellbrook overpass north of Prince Albert has led to detours. (Google)

Highway travel north of Prince Albert, which has been plagued with detours, has been hit with another setback following a hit and run crash causing extensive damage to an overpass.

The overpass on Highway 2, that connects motorists to Highways 3 and 55 and the Shellbrook area, was struck by a semi-trailer unit that was hauling a backhoe. It happened early Wednesday morning, according to RCMP.

Police and city officials noted the collision caused extensive damage to the structure's support girders.

"The collision has inflicted observable damage on the beams and consequently no vehicles can be allowed to cross the structure until this damage is thoroughly assessed," the City of Prince Albert said in news release Wednesday.

According to RCMP, witnesses reported the semi was an older model and navy blue in colour and may have been operated by a female driver. The semi was heading south on Highway 2. The police investigation was still ongoing Wednesday afternoon. 

The city has set up a number of detours to get light traffic and truck traffic around the damage.