Truck's cargo hits bridge over LIE

Crews work on repairing damaged to the Holtsville, Crews work on repairing damaged to the Holtsville, N.Y. overpass after a freight container being hauled by a tractor trailer struck the Waverly Avenue bridge. No injuries were reported, although crews were accessing whether the bridge was damaged or not. (Oct. 2, 2013) Photo Credit: James Carbone

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The cargo of a flatbed truck struck a bridge over the Long Island Expressway in Holtsville and toppled onto the roadway, shutting down the westbound lanes for almost three hours, Suffolk police said.

The flatbed was transporting a utility storage unit that was too high for the Waverly Avenue bridge, police said.

The unit hit the bridge about noon time, authorities said, and traffic had to be diverted from the LIE at Exit 63, North Ocean Avenue.

Police said no one was injured and officers were examining the truck for safety compliance to determine if summonses were warranted.

With Gary Dymski

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