Bridge takes out another 18-wheeler in East Texas

Bridge takes out another 18-wheeler in East Texas
Truck accident under bridge. (Source: KLTV News staff)
Truck accident under bridge. (Source: KLTV News staff)

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - An infamous East Texas bridge has claimed yet another 18-wheeler.

Around noon Thursday, a truck driver jammed his 18-wheeler under the railway bridge at Green Street and Cotton Street in downtown Longview.

Over the decades, that bridge has become a trap for trucks.

3 years ago, the area under the bridge was dug out to try to make more clearance.

Longview police have seen it countless times. An 18-wheeler driver ignoring the warning signs, and slamming into the Green street railway bridge underpass.

"People not paying attention; it's a huge issue, we've had the signs in place for quite a while now. We came in and dug down to give another foot of clearance but even with that it's a low clearance bridge," says Longview police officer Debra Stiles.

Police are still baffled at how this keeps happening.

"You're going to pass this large sign before you turn. How can you not see it?" says Stiles.

The original clearance on the bridge was 10 feet.

Over the years there have been dozens of incidents with trucks getting stuck under the bridge.

The city even put up dangling chimes as a warning, but nothing has stopped the drivers.

"The city's done everything we can do at this point. A big issue that we need to point out is that this is not a truck route. we have truck route in the city and its to avoid things like this," Stiles says.

The driver was able to back his rig away from the underpass, but did substantial damage to his cab and trailer.

The city has literally done everything they can do to deepen the underpass, and they worry that so many accidents will cause structural damage eventually.

"It's very dangerous because they could cause structural damage that could injure bystanders," says Stiles.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was ticketed for failure to observe traffic warning signs.

No one was injured.

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