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Tractor Trailer Hits Low Overpass Near Syracuse

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Chicago trucker hauling beer says he didn’t notice the big, blinking sign saying “overheight vehicle” and “stop now” because he was paying attention to his GPS.

Waleed Sleit’s tractor-trailer passed the warning sign on Onondaga Lake Parkway in suburban Syracuse Monday morning and slammed into the railroad bridge — ripping off the top of the trailer. Police say nobody was hurt.

State police say Sleit received several tickets, including disobeying a traffic control device.

Sleit told troopers he didn’t notice the sign and was following the route given by his GPS.

The electronic warning sign was installed after a Megabus hit the low railroad overpass in 2010, killing four people and injuring 24.

Monday’s crash was the second since the warning system went up in October 2011.

(Story by: The Associated Press)

 

 

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