PHOTOS: Glenville rail bridge struck by truck…again

Schenectady County

GLENVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A tractor-trailer hit the overpass in Glenville again. Pictures sent in from the scene show that the roof of its cargo bed was peeled off like a tin can:

  • Glenville bridge strike on November 1, 2021, courtesy: Cassandra J ComptonComp
  • Glenville bridge strike on November 1, 2021, courtesy: Cassandra J ComptonComp
  • Glenville bridge strike on November 1, 2021, courtesy: Cassandra J ComptonComp
  • Glenville bridge strike on November 1, 2021, courtesy: Cassandra J ComptonComp

This overpass bridge for the railroad crosses Glenridge Road. Truckers hitting the bridge is a chronic issue that costs locals big bucks whenever it happens.

“Somebody is going to get hurt or somebody is going to die, they have to address this,” said Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle.  

The truck hit the bridge at about 10 a.m., and it was still on-site as of noon on Monday. One lane of Glenridge Road was closed earlier, but according to reports, it’s now running normally again.

Luckily there were no injuries to report, but Koetzle says even adding hefty fines earlier this year isn’t curbing the crashes.

 “We are somewhere for an annual strike between probably 15-20 strikes a year,” said Koetzle.

Koetzle says the state has plans in the works for 2022 for a high-tech laser system.  

“When the truck breaks the beam at a certain height all the lights will flash on the bridge will tell you to stop. That may or may not work cause so far the signage doesn’t seem to be working,” said he. 

Many might be thinking why not just raise the height of the bridge.

“Well you would have to least go a mile in each direction raising the track and that’s just too expensive for CP Rail” said Koetzle. 

Many also wonder if Glenridge Road could be lowered.

“I get that suggestion a lot, however the Alplaus Kill is underneath the road so you can’t lower the road,” said he. 

Koetzle believes he has the solution.

“I have a cheap fix and it’s a no truck route. I think at some point the bridge will take one to many hits because every time the truck gets hit it’s got to move that bridge,” said he.  

Stick with NEWS10 for more as this story develops.

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