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Stuck trucks raise concerns about bridge safety

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In the last two weeks, three trucks have gotten stuck under three different railroad bridges. In the last two weeks, three trucks have gotten stuck under three different railroad bridges.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

In the last two weeks, three trucks have gotten stuck under three different railroad bridges.

The concern is the potential damage it can do to the bridges that are carrying trains, including oil trains, across it.

Barb Rhodes works nearby.

“It was pretty loud. You could tell somebody had hit it and everybody was up out of the chair and looking out the window to see what had happened,” she says.

She says this is unfortunately common. The trucks don't always get stuck though.

“Most of the time they're able to stop before they hit the overpass but this person was from out of state and I don't think he realized the overpass was that low,” she says.

A report by the Waterkeeper Alliance raised concerns about crumbling infrastructure and potential collapses of rail bridges.  What the advocates from the group are worried about most is the oil that some of these trains carry if the bridge were to fail.

When a truck gets stuck under the bridge, BNSF says they shut down the lines to inspect it. The train company asks that drivers pay attention to and follow the posted height limits.

The WA Department of Ecology is holding public hearings to get comments on proposed oil transportation rules.

May 17 Spokane public hearing schedule

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