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Truck cleared after hitting Northern State overpass

It took almost seven hours, but a tractor trailer that struck an overpass in Westbury, backing up traffic Tuesday on the eastbound Northern State Parkway, has finally been cleared.

The crash, which occurred at 5:46 a.m. near the Brush Hollow Road exit on the eastbound parkway, was cleared at 12:48 p.m., the New York State Department of Transportation said. The crash, which closed the right-hand lane for much of that time, backed up traffic leading to long delays.

Officials initially said the incident occurred in the westbound lanes.

Traffic surveillance cameras in the area showed the truck, blocking the right-hand lane, at a standstill -- with the roof of the trailer sheared back. No one was hurt in the crash, officials said.

Newsday in September reported trucks are hitting bridges on Long Island's state roads dozens of times a year, creating $7 million in repair and maintenance costs in the past five years as well as traffic headaches. The most recent NYSDOT figures show 255 bridge strikes occurred in 2012, including 67 on Long Island, 56 of which were on parkways.

A January 2012 NYSDOT study found about 200 bridge strikes occurred in the state each year since 2005, mainly from trucks illegally on state parkways where older bridges tend to be lower.

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