Stuck Truck Closes Section of Riverside Drive in Johnson City
A too-tall rental truck was damaged when it slammed into a low clearance railroad bridge in Johnson City.
The crash at the Riverside Drive underpass in the village occurred around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.
The southbound Penske truck crashed into the bridge, which is located just north of Grand Avenue.
A portion of Riverside Drive west of the Route 201 flyover was shut down for about an hour as workers from Wilcox Towing of Vestal went about the task of extricating the vehicle.
No injuries were reported in the incident. The roof of the truck appeared to have sustained relatively minor damage. It wasn't known whether the vehicle was transporting at the time.
Posted signs approaching the bridge show a clearance of 10 feet, 10 inches. Markings on the truck indicate a vehicle height of 12 feet, 7 inches.
The Penske rental website features a section with tips for "safe truck driving." It notes that the truck's height is "visible in your side mirrors while in the driver's seat."
The company also advises drivers to watch for low clearance warning signs "so you know of potential trouble ahead."
The name of the driver of the truck was not released. It was not known whether he would be ticketed in connection with the crash.
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