Within a mile of final destination, truck driver crashes into low Independence Avenue bridge

An 18-wheeler carrying a load of lumber crashed into a bridge on Independence Avenue less than a mile from its delivery site Thursday morning. “The amazing thing is normally when I see this, the truck is still stuck underneath,” Jayme Taylor said. “This is the first time I’ve actually seen the truck that was actually able to get through the other side. But I’ve never seen one tore up quite like this. It’s amazing.” Taylor said the outcome of the fight between semis and the bridge is one she is getting accustomed to seeing but one she questions why it continues to happen.

“I have seen this at least a dozen times over the past four or five years,” Taylor said. “I just don’t understand how they cannot know how tall their truck is. I’ve seen so many trucks stuck under here so often. Just yesterday, on the bus, we saw another truck — it was able to back up so it wasn’t stuck under there yesterday. And then I come here today and there’s a truck that just got stuck.” Witnesses said the crash happened around 10 a.m. Thursday. The truck was carrying 16,000 feet of lumber. Lumber that Blaine Sterrett said was on its way to his shop.

“Just wishing it wouldn’t have happened,” said Sterrett, the general manager of Frank Paxton Lumber Company. “It’s material that we need, like any other day, when we get product in. Just anxious to see how it’s all going to pan out and if we’re going to get the product in soon.” Sterrett said his store has to find a way to overcome the setback but was still amazed at the sight of the crash. “Probably the most amazing thing is how the driver managed to get the entire load completely through the bridge, on a low bridge like that, without stopping the truck before getting under there.

He actually managed to get all the way through so that’s pretty amazing within itself I guess,” he said. While Sterrett can do nothing but wait to find out what will happen with his order of lumber, Taylor is wondering how long it will take before truck drivers figure out why this bridge is undefeated. “I don’t know if the bridge has settled over the years or people just don’t know how tall their truck is. Because they have 12’0 inches. You should know your clearance. If you’re a truck driver you should know your clearance,” Taylor said. “I mean it’s not funny, but it’s kind of funny because you should just know how tall your truck is before you go under here. It just happens so often.”

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