Trouble Spot for Truck Accidents

By Matt Markham

August 18, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 8:53 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Trucks seem to be getting stuck under one particular bridge in Binghamton. An accident tied up traffic Thursday and several times within the last few months. Now some people are asking why.

It's not the first time a jam under the railroad bridge on Front Street near Clinton Street has caused a jam on nearby roads. The bridge is structurally sound and traffic is flowing here again...

But after Thursday's crash, people continue to wonder why the problem keeps happening.

"A tractor trailer carrying cars to deliver to Gault Car dealership struck the railroad bridge, which caused some considerable damage to the truck and cars on the truck," said patrolman Jeff Carpenter with Binghamton Police.

Cargo on the rail lines had to halt while crews worked to free the expensive cargo underneath with a line of sight to its final destination.

This is the third truck to get stuck here in two months.

"It just seems that with that many incidents, somebody would want to do something," said Morgan Sedor of Binghamton.

The bridge belongs to Norfolk-Southern and the roadway is maintained by the City.

"It's the main way that trucks come in from the highway," Sedor said. "It's their only route and there are under passes and bridges all throughout."

The city tells us that Norfolk-Southern couldn't raise the bridge and funding that could have been used to lower Front Street had to go elsewhere in the region.

"I think maybe if the height was marked better there would be fewer accidents," said Catherine Maddi of Endicott, who works nearby.

Drivers are warned of the low 11 foot 11 inch clearance. The city says it made clearer markings two years ago, and this is a reminder that drivers need to pay better attention around the old bridge.

"I'm afraid to drive under it, or walk under it," Sedor said. "I get nervous every time."

Police on the scene called for a bridge inspector but since then, trains and traffic on Front Street are moving again.

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