Glenville

Another truck hits Glenville railroad overpass; This one overturns

The driver of the the overturned truck Monday morning sits on the guard rail
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The driver of the the overturned truck Monday morning sits on the guard rail

Categories: News, Schenectady County

GLENVILLE – A truck carrying what appeared to be a generator hit a troubled Glenville railroad overpass Monday morning and overturned.

The crash happened at about 9 a.m. at the Glenridge Road railroad overpass east of Maple Avenue, the site of several truck strikes in recent years.

The truck Monday hit the bridge and then turned over. The crash appeared to severely damage what looked to be the generator it was transporting. The bridge’s marked height is 10 feet, 11 inches.

The driver was not injured in the crash.

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Glenridge Road remained closed between Maple Avenue and Bruce Street as crews worked to remove the truck.

The state Department of Transportation agreed in November to install warning signs leading to the bridge and increase the reflectivity of existing signs in response to a series of bridge strikes there in recent years. It also said it would look into the number of times the bridge was struck and determine if more needed to be done to prevent the strikes. 

Monday’s strike follows at least 57 others in recent years, on top of an estimated 90 other near-misses, officials have said. The series of crashes prompted state Sen. James Tedisco, R-Glenville, and Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh, R-Ballston, to call on DOT to take additional actions.

State DOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez, in an October letter responding to Tedisco and Walsh, said drivers ignoring existing signs, rather than the signs themselves, were the cause of the crashes. She also cited the use of non-commercial GPS systems.

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