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Latest truck hits Glenville railroad bridge Wednesday; Trailer top sheared off, no injuries

The scene Wednesday
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The scene Wednesday

GLENVILLE – The latest truck of many to hit a Glenville railroad bridge Wednesday, shearing off the truck’s trailer top and shutting the road, but causing no injuries.

The latest crash happened Wednesday morning at the Glenridge Road railroad bridge when a truck from Innovation Truck Services LLC hit the structure.

The trailer was empty and no injuries were reported, according to information available at the scene.

The truck came to a stop beyond the bridge, completely making it past it, except for the trailer roof. The trailer roof remained crumpled on the opposite side.

The bridge is marked for 10 feet, 11 inches of clearance and has been struck many times over the years, including as recently as November.

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Police Wednesday indicated another truck earlier got stuck at the bridge, but did not hit it.

The strike follows at least 60 others there in recent years, including ones in both October and November, 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.

The state Department of Transportation agreed in November 2019 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.

State DOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez, in an October 2019 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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