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Local business tired of seeing trucks stuck underneath Young Street Bridge

Posted at 6:27 PM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 19:39:16-05

CITY OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Business owner Cheryl Ward has had about enough with trucks getting stuck underneath Young Street Bridge. Her automotive shop sits at the bottom of the bridge.

"When the trucks hit the bridge, it is so loud," she said. This bridge is the same bridge that a potato chip truck got stuck under Monday afternoon. Ward's surveillance video shows once the truck got itself under the bridge, the driver tries to back up.

City of Tonawanda Police said the chip truck from Alberta, Canada was more than two feet taller than the posted clearance. The driver told officers he was "lost" and failed to notice the warning signs ahead of the bridge.

This isn't the first time this has happened. In October, a coca-cola truck slammed into the same bridge and then in May of 2017, a different truck also found itself in a tight spot. That driving telling officers "it was his first day on the job."

Ward says the city put up additional signs after she complained to the board and although fewer trucks have been getting stuck, she claims every time it happens, it hurts her business.

A CSX spokesperson released this statement:

“The CSX Engineering Department works closely with local road authorities across our network where our structures may be impacted from traffic. It’s important to note that low clearance warning signs for roadway drivers are the responsibility of the local road authority, and we urge drivers to heed those warnings. CSX is committed to working with the City of Tonawanda to help ensure the safety of our employees and the public."

No one from the city was available for comment.