Trucks face difficulty passing low bridges after highway emergency

Witnesses say they saw at least six trucks hit the Metro-North bridge over East Main Street in Stamford after a traffic detoured off of Interstate 95.



Witnesses say drivers appeared confused about where to go.



"Even coming this way and going down there, this is another bridge," said Tommy Stracuzza, who works in the area. "They would never have made it through either way, so they were going up the block and turning around. I don't know where or how they got where they were going."



A city spokesperson says police were busy responding to a death on the I-95, leaving fewer officers available to help direct truck traffic.



Officials say Stamford has emergency truck routes, but they are not marked with signs. If a driver needs helps getting around a low bridge they are asked to call 911 for help.



The Metro-North bridge is labeled as having a clearance of 13 feet, 1 inch, but people in the area say they have doubts regarding the accuracy of that measurement. They say they would like officials to measure it again and consider signs for the truck route.


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