REXFORD, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Glenridge Road in the Glenville/Rexford area was closed after a collision between an 18-wheeler and an often struck rail bridge. The accident took place at around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, and led to the closure of Glenridge Road in both directions until Sunday evening.
Glenville Police Chief Stephen Janik says the bridge has averaged 15 collisions per year since it opened in 2013.
The truck’s driver has been ticketed for failing to obey a traffic control device.
In June, Senator Jim Tedisco said the bridge has been struck 57 times in recent years, and the aftermath of each one costs taxpayers around $50,000 per time.
The Department of Transportation has sent this statement to NEWS10; “The New York State Department of Transportation takes bridge strikes very seriously and works with our partners in government to combat them through a combination of engineering, education and enforcement. In 2019, we replaced eight warning signs and added six additional ones to enhance visibility and safety at the Glenridge Road railroad bridge. We also strongly encourage the use of commercial GPS systems by truck operators that specifically account for height, weight and other road restrictions.”
Glenville Police say the truck was transporting 21,000 pounds of washing machine parts when the accident took place.