A local railroad bridge claims another victim when a truck driver ignored signs and got stuck under the Prospect Street bridge in Chicopee Wednesday morning.
It took crews hours to get the truck removed.
There is a sign near the overpass that says how much clearance is needed to be able to get under this bridge, but unfortunately, the driver could not avoid this bridge and was stuck and crews were on-scene with traffic backed up for hours.
"All the time, somebody hits it," said Mike Sklarski of Chicopee.
Sklarski lives right down the road and said that this happens all the time.
Chicopee police said the same thing, that trucks get stuck under this bridge about once a month, but it's not usually something as bad as this broken framed 18-wheeler.
"This is a bad one because it's filled with rolls," Sklarski noted.
Usually, trucks stuck in this situation will realize they won't fit and call police to help them back up, but this truck was filled with cargo weighing it down, so when it hit the overpass the frame snapped in half.
This was a particularly difficult job for the crews who responded.
"We do quite a few of these. Some are easy, some are difficult. This was on the more difficult side because it was loaded with 44,000 pounds of paper rolls, so safety is first. We had to unload the load before we could move the truck." said Jeremy Procon with Interstate Towing.
Interstate Towing had to unload the paper rolls one-by-one onto another flat bed truck.
It was dangerous work with the back end of the truck tilting up, but after about two hours, they had all the rolls out.
Procon said that this kind of thing happens all the time, though he said the signs are there.
"We are called here often to do these jobs, almost too often. The bridge is clearly marked, a quarter mile in each direction, but this driver stated that he didn't see them," Procon noted.
It took crews hours to clean up the mess, but thankfully, the driver was not injured and the roads have since reopened.
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