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LIRR: Bridge fine after hit by 18-wheeler, service resumes

An 18-wheeler struck a 103-year-old railroad bridge in

An 18-wheeler struck a 103-year-old railroad bridge in Westbury on Friday, July 28, 2017. Photo Credit: John Scalesi

A 103-year-old railroad bridge in Westbury was not damaged on Friday shortly before noon when it was struck yet again, this time by an 18-wheeler, officials said.

This allowed the Long Island Rail Road to resume regular service, a spokesman for the Long Island Rail Road said by email.

The truck collided with the notoriously low bridge, located at Post Avenue, at about 11:28 a.m., and it was removed 62 minutes later, the spokesman said.

“We inspected the bridge and cleared it for regular service at 12:58 p.m.,” he said.

Two trains were delayed about 15 minutes after the crash because the railroad restricted their speed, he said.

The height of the bridge, which has a clearance of just 11 feet, 10 inches, will be raised 2 feet, 2 inches in a project planned for the autumn, officials said.

The railroad has said the century-old bridge gets struck, on average, between five and nine times a year.

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