Wednesday’s crash in Downtown Spokane became the 13th incident of a truck hitting an overpass in the city this year. According to Spokane Police records, five of them happened at the Stevens Street Railroad overpass and caused delays and detours.
This time it took longer than usual to clear the area after the accident because the products in the truck had to be unloaded into another truck.
According to officer Brad Moon, it was not just a delay for the police department, but also for tow truck operators. They also had to shut down trains in order for the bridge inspector to work.
Each time a truck gets stuck under the bridge in Spokane, it leads to delays and detours. The bridge and tracks must be inspected for the damage, and it causes costly disruptions to the railroad.
Moon says that most of the time it happens because out-of-town truck drivers rely on their GPS that often does not factor in bridge heights.
In such situations drivers can be cited for negligence or falling to obey a traffic control sign.