Big Rig No Match for Bethlehem Bridge
The driver of a tractor trailer who apparently underestimated the size of his vehicle found out that his rig was no match for an old Bethlehem bridge on Thursday night. As a result, expect the Friday morning commute through this part of Albany County to be compromised.
After slamming into it the bridge, police say it became stuck underneath for hours causing backups, road closures and delays. Judging by the picture released by the Bethlehem Police Department the rig suffered some pretty serious damage.
The Albany County Rail Trail bridge was clearly banged up a bit as well during the incident that took place at approximately 9PM last evening in the area of 1526 New Scotland Road. The vehicle, registered to Massola Trucking of Florida tried to pass underneath the bridge as it traveled westbound according to a report by the Times Union.
As of late Thursday evening, New Scotland Rd/State Route 85 was closed between Kenwood Ave and Surrey Mall according to the Bethlehem Police. Police say they are currently investigating and haven't filed any charges yet.
Trucks versus bridges have not worked out too well lately, and typically they never do. A little more than a month ago, all lanes southbound on the Northway near exits 9 and 8A in Clifton Park were closed for some time after a commercial vehicle hit the Sitterly Road bridge causing major backups and delays.
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