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New Rochelle street reopens after truck hits rail overpass

NEWS 12 WESTCHESTER: The trailer was driving northbound on Kings Highway when it hit a bridge. (Jan. 4, 2013)

Kings Highway in New Rochelle has been reopened near Main Street (Route 1) after a tractor-trailer truck struck a railroad overpass Friday morning, police said.

The big rig's trailer was removed from the scene about 10:15 a.m. and the road was reopened, New Rochelle police Sgt. Theresa Christopher said.

The incident occurred about 7:30 a.m., police said. The unidentified driver, a Maine man who was alone, was following his GPS system when he turned on to Kings Highway and struck an Amtrak overpass, sending debris spilling onto the road, police said.

The driver was not hurt and was not intoxicated, and immediately reported the crash, police said.

No tickets were issued, police said. They did not know which company the truck was registered to.

The truck was empty of cargo at the time, police said.

Bridge inspectors for Amtrak went to the scene and declared the bridge structurally sound, railroad spokesman Cliff Cole said. There were no service interruptions or delays after the crash, he said.

Truck strikes have become more frequent in the region as drivers unfamiliar with the area follow GPS devices onto roads that are unsuited for big rigs. Many of these have happened on the Hutchinson River Parkway, which commercial trucks cannot legally use. One bridge alone, carrying state Route 120A over the limited-access highway at Rye Brook, registered 95 truck hits from 1993 to mid-2010.

New Rochelle experiences truck strikes at overpasses "at least once a week," Christopher said, with the Kings Highway structure being a frequent mishap site. "It happens all the time -- it's crazy," she said.

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