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Rock fall closes Multnomah Falls bridge

PORTLAND (AP) — A big rock has fallen on the Benson footbridge over Multnomah Falls, and the bridge and the trails at either end have been closed.

The rock crashed through the deck and damaged the handrail overnight or early Thursday. Nobody was hurt.

The bridge arches across the falls between its two cascades. KGW-TV reports it was built in 1914 by Italian stone masons just above the Multnomah Falls Lodge.

In 1995, a boulder the size of a school bus slid into the plunge pool.

Rocks went flying over the bridge, slightly injuring 20 people in a wedding party posing for photos on the bridge.

The Forest Service says more than 2 million people a year visit the falls in the Columbia Gorge east of Portland.

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