GLENVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Glenville Police officials say Maple Avenue between Alplaus Avenue and Glenridge Road has been closed after a tractor-trailer crash. The big rig ran into a bridge on Maple Avenue, a crash that officials believe will take several hours to clear up.
Several dozen boxes filled with cereal boxes were scattered across the road. The side and top of the JB Hunt tractor-trailer were unrecognizable after striking the Maple Ave Bridge early Thursday morning.
The town is no stranger to bridge strikes. The Glenville Rail Bridge has been the site of numerous accidents despite several caution signs indicating low clearance. For years, residents have turned to the town, wanting answers and solutions to stop the strikes.
“We’re dealing with either state or county roads in this case, and we’re dealing with rail companies that own the bridges. The town has no standing or authority to do anything. We advocate hard, and try to get folks through the different agencies to respond and to do something,” said Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Keotzle.
Koetzle has seen many strikes, but this one is a head-scratcher. “I don’t know how to prevent this, I don’t think DOT knows, or the rail lines driver…I don’t think we could address one with infrastructure, this is just very poor driver error.”
The incident was first reported to NEWS10 around 6:40 a.m. Thursday. Seek alternate routes if possible for your morning commute.
The Maple Ave Bridge stands on a county road, but we’re told engineers from the railroad company are the ones who are expected to inspect the bridge.