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Truck Gets Stuck Under Railroad Bridge in Port Chester

Driver making delivery to local liquor store was using rental truck that's taller than the truck he usually operates.

Do the math: A 13-foot-tall truck plus a Port Chester bridge with an 11-foot, 8-inch clearance equals a big problem.

Port Chester Police say a driver making a delivery to a Port Chester liquor store thought he could get his rented truck under the Metro North Commuter Railroad bridge at North Main Street and Mill Street — but he was wrong.

As a result, the Ryder rental became stuck about half-way through under the bridge at about 9:51 a.m. on Wednesday. Police said the accident did not damage the bridge and the truck was not damaged, but traffic in the area had to be diverted so the truck could be removed.

In this case, police said the solution was simple: Take some of the air out of the truck's tires to lower the vehicle.

The truck was driven by a 51-year-old Flushing, Queens, man who normally uses a different — and lower — truck for deliveries. The driver was not injured in the incident. And, the cargo of alcohol was not damaged, either.

Police said the driver was cited for disobeying the height restrictions for the underpass — which are posted on signs in the area — and he was released on $240 bail pending a Port Chester Village Court hearing.

Craig Noor November 17, 2012 at 08:28 PM
The lights alerting drivers to these bridges are usually at least half burned out... can't help.
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