Semi crashes into bridge

First Posted: 5/12/2014

LIMA — A tractor-trailer driver was cited for failing to observe a traffic control device after causing damage to a bridge at the South Collett Street railroad underpass at 9:25 a.m. Monday.

Jaswender King, 22, of Brampton, Ontario, was driving a 2006 Freightliner south on the 900 block of South Collett Street and failed to observe four signs along the path indicating that the bridge had only a 11-foot, 8-inch clearance. The tractor-trailer, which had a height of 13-feet, 6-inches, struck the bottom of the bridge.

The top of the semitrailer was ripped off before it finally came to a stop and become lodged under the overpass. The semitrailer was carrying bags of zinc oxide, which had to be removed before the vehicle could be towed away.

The Lima Police Department reported an unknown amount of damage was done to the bridge, as well as a road sign and a reflector. Assistant Lima Engineer Eric Bontrager responded to the scene to check the bridge. Bontrager reported the property was owned by CSX Railroad. CSX inspected the bridge and opened it for traffic several hours later.

CSX officials reported the underpass will be able to remain open but is planning to make repairs to the bridge at a later date.

“CSX checked out the bridge and they were able to OK it and open the roadway,” Bontrager said. “However, they said they will have to come back later and make some minor repairs.”

Lima Police Department officials reported there was no potentially dangerous cargo aboard the semitrailer.

Damage to the tractor-trailer was restricted to the top of the trailer and to several of the windows.

The Lima Fire Department also responded to the scene.

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