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Two Trucks Get Stuck Under Railroad Bridge

One got caught in the morning, a second at night.

Update: It happened again!

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

According to Abel Brothers Inc. of Malvern, two separate trucks sustained significant damage after they got stuck under the railroad bridge on Main Street and Vanderslice Street on October 17.

The first accident occurred at 8:15 a.m. when a Shelly Moving & Storage, Inc. truck attempted to pass under the bridge and got stuck. The cargo space of the truck's semi-trailer was torn in half by the bridge. The partially crushed truck was towed from the scene by Abel Brothers Inc. of Malvern.

About 12 hours later, another truck suffered the same fate. While the details of the second accident are murky, Abel Brothers again returned to the scene to tow the damaged vehicle.

Is the bridge too low? Tell us in the comments.

Michael Hill October 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM
This bridge needs to be taken down, or raised again. No trains run on the tracks, and it’s an eyesore. A truck gets wedged under every few months. When they raised it because the High Bridge (Gay Street Bridge) was being constructed they should have left it raised and made a deal if the rail ever returns then it could be lowered. At the least Norfolk Southern could paint it. We need bigger signs or more signs, a lot of time and resources are wasted each time this happens.
John Q. Public October 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Mr. Hill, agree on all, excellent points.
Bill N. October 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Either raise it or raze it!
George Hughes October 18, 2012 at 02:31 PM
#1 The low bridge is the bridge is the one that carries car and truck traffic over the French creek , this is just a rail road bridge . # 2. The drivers are clearly at fault because they are supposed to know high their truck is .
. October 18, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Clearly they don't require an IQ test to get a CDL! The sign on the bridge clearly states the clearance height. If you a driving a truck and it looks like it is going to be close, why in the hell would you take the chance? Just back up and go over the high bridge or better yet, don't use the low bridge at all! This isn't rocket science people... These fools should get tickets and be forced to pay for the clean up! Blaming the bridge for the foolishness of a few truck drivers is silly!
Bill N. October 18, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Maybe if enough morons crash into the bridge, Norfolk Southern will finally be forced to remove it because of safety/structural issues.
Fern Brodkin October 18, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I always thought that being able to read is a prerequisite for getting a driver's license. Anyone who drives a truck should know the height of the truck AND should pay attention to the clearance signs that are posted.
Naomi Elise October 18, 2012 at 09:22 PM
For those of you who are just talking wreckless the driver has been under that bridge with THAT truck several times and made it under without a scratch! The damn thing needs to be taken down! An officer clearly stated yesterday that the bridge was higher at one point and never made it clear that they lowered it off of their stilts! The sign on the bridge is clearly covered by grafitti and it is white just like the sign. And I do believe that there is NO sign a few yards ahead of the bridge to give a warning. So if you weren't there and you dont know then dont talk and you DO NOT need a CDL to drive that size truck!
John C October 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
There are signs prior to the Bridge...If people would put down cell phones or any other distracting items this would not happen. The signs wer marked 12'4 when the bridge was raised. When it was loweder. sticker were put over them saying 10'4 as it had been since the day it was installed. The only time it was higher was when there was a detour and this was only for emergency vehicles to access the north side. All truck traffic was directed to use an alternate route such as 422 or 724. If a truck driver went this way many times before, it was many months ago and was (again) not following the simple english language.
Steve Powers October 19, 2012 at 07:00 AM
At least twice in the past three weeks I know someone who saw trucks backing out from the bridge. Follow the RT. 113 signs. That rail line is still being discussed for a new line to GV and Paoli. The bridge looks bad mostly do to criminal elements nearby.
birdfan October 20, 2012 at 05:51 AM
I was there LOL. I got there just while police were starting to put up the orange cones. They let us thru anyway. Thinking to myself as I drove thru "what a dumby to drive a truck that big under a bridge that low.
LocalGirl October 20, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I think they should leave it as is. Talk about comic relief! The town needs a good laugh every now and then (as long as no idiots were hurt in the making of this accident.) :)
LocalGirl October 20, 2012 at 08:37 PM
P.S. I bet Abel Brothers is laughing all the way to the bank!

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