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Tractor-trailer driver uses GPS, hits Saw Mill overpass

Northbound traffic on the Saw Mill River Parkway

Northbound traffic on the Saw Mill River Parkway was backed up after a wayward tractor-trailer became wedged under an overpass at Yonkers Avenue in Yonkers, police said. (March 12, 2013) Photo Credit: News12

A truck driver from Skokie, Ill., wedged his tractor-trailer under an overpass on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers on Tuesday morning after following directions from a GPS device, police said.

The driver, Amarjargal Jambaanyandag, 52, was going north when his empty tractor-trailer struck the Yonkers Avenue bridge at 7:08 a.m., forcing police to close the right lane and backing up traffic along the Bronx River Parkway and the Cross County Parkway.

Jambaanyandag told Westchester County police that he was on his first trip to New York and that he was relying on the global positioning system device.

The driver was issued summonses for having a restricted vehicle on the parkway, having an overheight vehicle on the parkway and failure to obey a traffic control device, the signs that indicate trucks are not allowed.

An inspector from the state Department of Transportation came to the accident scene to examine the bridge.

The bridge strike came one day after Sen. Charles Schumer and other federal officials came to an overpass on the Hutchinson River Parkway to announce new training initiatives on the use of global positioning system devices for truck and bus drivers. Tractor-trailers are barred from Westchester County parkways.

Officials said the tractor-trailer was cleared and all lanes on the Saw Mill were reopened about 9 a.m.

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