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Crews Remove Trapped Big Rig From Under Railroad Bridge

Tractor Trailer filled with bags of sugar gets stuck under a railroad bridge in North Little Rock
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A big rig stuck under a bridge is a sight we don't see too often, but it was at the center of attention in North Little Rock all Thursday as crews worked to remove it.

They were at the Baring Railroad Bridge on Pike and Broadway streets for at least seven hours removing dozens of bags of sugar from the truck. It had to be offloaded because the trailer had busted in the middle and there was nothing they could do until the truck was clear.

Crews on scene say the driver most likely wasn't paying attention to the signs that warn truck drivers of the bridge's height clearance.

"There's one [height clearance] on the bridge, and there's one before you get to the bridge that says 12-foot-6. Most trailers are over 13 and above. Most drivers should know that," said Scotty Helton, Phillips Bros Towing.

Crews say it's a sight they see to often at the bridge, so when they got the call to go there, they knew exactly what had happened.

However, city officials say it only happens on average once a year. If the city wanted to lower the road or raise the bridge to accommodate over-sized trucks, officials say it would cost millions of dollars.
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