UPDATE: Truck Sticks Under Main Street Rail Bridge, Blocking Morning Traffic
Tractor-trailer's rig freed from low-clearance pitfall with tow truck.
A tractor-trailer truck driver missed several warning signs on Main Street this morning, sticking his rig under the Main Street Rail bridge and blocking traffic for about three and a half hours.
The driver, Gerald Emerson of Tennessee, drove his truck under the bridge near Chan's Restaurant at about 7:26 a.m. this morning, according to Woonsocket Police Public Information Officer Jamie Paone.
Two officers responded to the bridge to direct traffic away from the site while the tow truck was removed from the tight spot.
Traffic on Main Street and Rail Road Street were cleared by 11 a.m. Main Street was cleared first, Paone said, with Rail Road Street following shortly after. The tractor-trailer was freed using a tow truck, she said, without removing the cargo.
The truck was registered to Big G Express Inc. of Tennessee. Emerson was cited for failing in obedience to traffic control devices - specifically, the signs warning big trucks away from the bridge.
Paone said the bridge catches unwary truck drivers a few times a year.