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The Green Street underpass strikes again

Yes, it happened again. Yes, it happened again.
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The Green Street underpass has struck again. Actually the Longview railroad underpass has been struck again.

The underpass is near the intersection of Cotton and Green Streets near Downtown Longview, and it was caught on camera.

Longview Police tell us the driver was from Dallas and just following his GPS, but many of us know that can sometimes lead us astray. A video of the incident shows the bridge shaking on impact. And that means it shook the building, too. The security camera is mounted on nearby Maness Furniture, and the impact was caught a little before 9 a.m.

The owner says he's seen many trucks beaten down by the Green (Street) Monster, and so have we,  in May of 2014, and March of 2011, and a number of other times.

“I've actually seen it twice before,” said Longview resident Karen Holt.

But, as far as we can tell, this is the only time it was recorded as it happened.

“Oh, he didn't even slow down,” Karen gasped when she saw the video.

Rick Cone, Tiffany Landers and Dixie Bryan reacted about the same.

“Oh my gosh,” Dixie declared.

I find it difficult to believe someone doesn't know what size truck he's driving,” Tiffany observed.

“I'm really kind of surprised though, because I thought the city has done a pretty good job at putting up signs and blinking lights,” Karen pointed out.

Longview couldn't raise the tracks, so they lowered the road underneath from ten feet to over eleven feet, but this is the second time it's happened since Green Street re-opened.

Rick Cone drove by just after it happened.

“This is the first one where I saw the whole truck peeled,” Rick said.

It does seem to be a size issue, though.

“Do you think trucks are bigger in Texas, too?” I asked Tiffany.

“Everything's bigger in Texas,” she replied.

Police say the underpass is not part of a truck route, and advise drivers to keep their eyes peeled...not their trucks.

An AMTRAK train was delayed for an hour while the bridge was inspected by Union Pacific, and they cleared the bridge for train use. The truck was hauling auto parts and was nearly empty.

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