Letter: Erect better street signs

Firefighters and police respond to the scene of Firefighters and police respond to the scene of a fatal collision between a school bus and an out-of-control cement truck near the LIRR overpass on Oyster Bay Road in Locust Valley. The bus driver was killed and six others were injured, police said. (July 23, 2012) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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I am saddened, but not shocked, to hear about the recent accident in Matinecock where a truck driver hit the Long Island Rail Road overpass and accidentally killed bus driver Jorge Guevara ["Bus driver's friends call him 'true hero,' " News, July 26].

Recently, I was in upstate New York driving a recreational vehicle, going camping. The global positioning system told me to turn right, and I did so. As I went down a hill, I came close to driving under an 11.5-foot clearance; my RV is 12.5 feet tall. I slammed on the brakes.

There was no sign between the turn and the underpass, and no cross street to turn onto to avoid a collision. My wife got out of the RV and directed cars out of the way as I backed up the hill.

I found a police officer who directed me a mile out of my way to the RV park. Had there been a warning sign at the corner, saying something like "no trucks" or "low clearance," I never would have turned. Although I understand that the Matinecock bridge clearance was adequately posted, we need more signs in general on our local roads. Otherwise, we are in for tragic accidents.

Eric Gemunder, Huntington Station

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