June 21, 2013 in City

Truck driver gets stuck after driving under too-low bridge

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A truck driver found himself in a sticky situation Friday evening when he drove under a railroad track too low for his trailer.

Southbound traffic on Stevens Street near Second Avenue was reduced to two lanes of traffic when Ted Garcia drove his semi-truck under the tracks at rush hour. The trailer was about two feet too tall to fit under the bridge.

Garcia, who was on his way from Kettle Falls, Wash., to Arizona, thought his GPS system was directing him in the right direction. Thinking he was taking the same route as he did traveling to Kettle Falls, Garcia was distracted by the freeway on-ramp ahead and not on the bridge when he struck the tracks.

“Sometimes (GPS’s) are good for the cars, but for trucks they’re still not accurate,” Garcia said as a work crew unloaded wood from the trailer to lighten the load. Passerby grabbed photos of the truck, which was crunched underneath the bridge.

No one was injured in the accident.


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