Parking deck remains closed after 40-ton truck falls through upper level

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NORTH BERGEN -

A North Bergen parking deck will remain closed following an incident involving a dump truck.

Authorities say that the driver of the 40-ton truck ignored signs that stated that the weight limit was only 6,000 pounds. The caused a portion of the parking deck to collapse, sending the truck crashing through three levels. It happened Wednesday afternoon at the shopping center located at 81-01 Tonnelle Ave.

Police say that the truck driver got into a fender bender with a car on 81st Street just prior to the incident.

“The driver of the truck says to the driver of the car, ‘Let me turn around and I’ll meet one block away,’ says North Bergen Police Captain William Lyons.

Video from Chopper 12 over the scene

No injuries were reported and no other vehicles were damaged. The shopping center was evacuated and remained closed for the rest of Wednesday.

"It fell and came to a rest about 20 feet from the front door of a Chuck E Cheese which had a field trip today and right outside a gym packed with people,” says North Bergen Police Chief Tiber Dowd.

Tow trucks were used to pull the truck down from its vertical position, but it remains in the garage. Officials are considering taking off the tires or pulling the body apart to get it out.

The truck driver was given a summons for his role in the incident.

It was unclear when the parking deck would reopen.

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