Truck Wedged Under Main Street Rail Bridge Friday Morning

Second truck this month travels low-clearance stretch at its peril.


Another truck ran afoul of the 12' clearance under the Main Street rail bridge this morning. 

Woonsocket Police Information Officer Det. Jamie Paone said the police department received a call about the truck at about 11:17 a.m., and it was still stuck as of noon. Jonathan Hayes, who walked by the site, said it had been cleared by about 12:10 p.m.

Paone said this wayward vehicle was a Ryder truck, likely a rental driven by someone who isn't experienced with large vehicles. There was no immediate information on the driver's identity or whether the person will be citied for the mishap.

She said a tow truck company was called to free the vehicle. Usually, she said, the tow company attempts to free a wedged truck by letting air out of the tires, but sometimes the cargo has to be taken out and the truck has to be pulled out by a tower.

Hayes said letting the air out of the tires did the trick this time.

The bridge catches unwary drivers of large vehicles each year, Paone said. This is the second time this month the bridge has suffered a hapless driver. On .

Woonsocket Patch will update this story as more information becomes available. 

ELLIESCHARM77@YAHOO.COM December 15, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Uncle Ben December 16, 2012 at 01:08 PM
There is a way that this can be avoided in the future, The trucking industry should install Trailer Height measuring devices 1,000 feet before a low bridge such as this 1 and make them flexable to set off a lighting system to warn truckers of a low bridge ahead, or a device inside each truck to warn them as well, Woonsocket among other towns take advantage of truckers. They don't measure these roads after they add more asphalt to the roadways, I bet if you measure it today it is much lower than the posted signs ahead of the bridge. I know the accidents occuring at this bridge are avoidable and also the GPS directions take them this way. I seen 1 just a few weeks ago in Blackstone on St Paul st , and the drivers reasons were he used directions provided by a Garmin GPS system. Why would a truck driver want to purposely put his job on the line ? More posted signs for truckers is the answer, they have them for pedestrians crossing the street in better view. There are ways to help out the trucking industry. After all they are brining goods to all factories and Supermarkets.
CB11 February 01, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Apparently, we can't rely on drivers to pay attention to the height limits. Enough is enough! Just make it illegal for trucks of a certain height to take that route and charge high fines when they get wedged. They don't have to use that route. Whether it causes an inconvenience or not is immaterial - the compromise of the bridge structure from all these hits should be the only consideration.


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