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Truck smashes into railroad bridge in Amherst

  • The driver of this U-Haul truck got stuck under the South East Street overpass Thursday as he was moving into town on July 22. The truck got wedged below the bridge at around 3:57 p.m. and was removed by a tow truck about 90 minutes later. The driver told police he was using a GPS while moving to town and was unaware of the low bridge. CONTRIBUTED/PATRICIA DUFFY


Monday, August 02, 2021

AMHERST — A rental truck being driven on South East Street sustained significant damage to its roof and sides after failing to clear the railroad underpass Thursday afternoon, according to police.

The U-Haul truck got wedged below the bridge near the intersection with Stanley Street at around 3:57 p.m. The truck was removed by a tow truck about 90 minutes later.

Railroad officials stopped any trains from using the bridge and checked its integrity following the incident, police said.

A sign near the bridge warns drivers that the clearance is only 10 feet. The driver told police he was using a GPS while moving to town and was unaware of the low bridge.

— Scott Merzbach