Police probe tractor trailer on Meadowbrook

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State Police are trying to determine how a tractor-trailer truck got onto the Meadowbrook State Parkway on Tuesday -- and if the driver hit or damaged any infrastructure en route.

The incident occurred at about 7:45 a.m., State Police said, and they were able to exit the truck from the southbound Meadowbrook at Zeckendorf Boulevard in East Garden City.

The truck apparently entered the Meadowbrook from the Northern State Parkway, police said, though it remains unclear where the truck entered the Northern State -- or if it struck or damaged any bridges en route to being stopped. A photo of the truck on the parkway showed damage to the right side of the trailer's roof.

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It is illegal for trucks and other commercial vehicles to drive on parkways in New York State. Signage at parkway entrances advises drivers of the violation and warns of potential accidents because of the low height of underpasses.

The New York State Department of Transportation nevertheless estimates there are between 12 and 15 such incursions each month on Long Island parkways, some causing substantial damage to bridges.

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