Stuck truck, malfunctioning lights delayed traffic in downtown Springfield

Truck driver cited after crash

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The driver of a tractor trailer has been cited, after crashing into the railroad arch bridge on Main Street in downtown Springfield.

Springfield police spokesperson Ryan Walsh told 22News that the driver, a 75 year-old from Kingston, Ontario, crashed into the bridge just before 6:45 Monday morning. The roof of the trailer was ripped off, and cargo spilled onto the roadway.

The driver was unhurt and there were no other injuries. Traffic had to be directed around the arch until the truck could be towed away.

Walsh says that the posted height of the bridge is 13′ at the center, and 10′ on the left and right hand sides. Tractor trailers are typically 13’6″ tall.

That was not the only traffic issue in downtown Springfield Monday morning, however. Springfield Police Capt. Richard LaBelle told 22News that traffic lights were not working at the intersection of Main and Court Streets, near Springfield City Hall. Police officers were called in to direct traffic in the area.

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