Truck smashes into Hutch overpass in Rye Brook

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A tractor-trailer smashed into an overpass on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Rye Brook Friday morning, authorities said.

No one was injured in the accident, which occurred around 4:40 a.m. at the King Street overpass, said Westchester County Police Sgt. John Lodge. No lanes were closed, and the scene was quickly cleared, he added.

Lodge said he was not aware of any traffic delays stemming from the accident.

Earlier this week, Newsday reported that low overpasses along the parkway have been the sites of numerous truck hits over the years, according to data compiled by the state's Department of Transportation. The King Street overpass alone registered 95 truck hits from 1993 to mid-2010, the most of any span in the Hudson Valley.

On average, the Westchester County Department of Public Safety handles roughly one bridge strike a week, and handled 50 incidents last year, county officials have said.

A task force consisting of county and state officials, the New York State Motor Truck Association, and GPS data providers is looking to issue recommendations early next year that would reduce the number of truck strikes.

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