No One Injured in Downtown RR Bridge Accident [UPDATE]

No one was injured when a Ryder rental truck crashed into the New Haven Line bridge over the Post Road sometime between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Monday night, according to Metro-North.

Update 1:01 p.m. Wednesday:

No injuries occurred when Thomas J. Wilson, 32 (home address unavailable), drove  a Ryder rental truck underneath the New Haven Line bridge on the Post Road on Monday, shearing off the roof of the truck, according to Metro-North police, who were the leading agency responding to the accident.

Wilson was transporting signage and issued a traffic ticket charging him with driving a motor vehicle exceeding the posted height clearance for the roadway under the bridge, according to Marjorie Anders, a spokeswoman for Metro-North.

Monday night's accident, which occurred at 8:51 p.m., according to Metro-North records, was the second time the bridge has been struck this year.

The truck, owned by Ryder Truck Rental of Cherry Hill, NJ, was towed by a Lone Star tow truck to the Lone Star lot in Stamford.

Metro-North suggests that drivers who want to avoid a similar accident on one of their railroad bridges use a commercial grade GPS device with software that contains bridge heights.

Updated throughout at 10:23 p.m., Monday:

The railroad underpass on the Post Road downtown is posted for trucks 11 feet tall, and apparently a Ryder rental truck trying to pass underneath it was just a little too tall for that.

The driver was traveling eastbound on Route 1 when the underside of the bridge sheared off the truck's roof just before 8:43 p.m., when the accident was reported to Darien Police. (These pictures were taken at 9:10 p.m., well after police had arrived.)

Metro-North police are the primary law enforcement agency handling the matter. No ambulance appears to have been called.


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