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Semi-truck stuck under railroad bridge at Cal Poly

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Posted at 12:20 PM, Apr 11, 2023

A semi-truck became wedged under a railroad bridge along Highland Dr. on the Cal Poly campus Tuesday morning.

The truck, which was carrying empty glass bottles, was too tall for the 12-foot 6-inch bridge clearance.

Highland Dr. was closed to traffic for several hours so a crane could be brought in to remove the wrecked truck. It was cleared by 1 p.m.

Officials say there was no damage to the railroad bridge.

According to Cal Poly, there have been 31 crashes into that bridge since 2014.

University officials say they've made many changes and additions to signage on the roads around the railroad bridge over the years to alert truck drivers of the height restrictions, including adding additional signage in the fall of 2016. That year alone, there were nine crashes at the bridge.

There are several warning signs leading up to the overpass in both directions, including height indicators with flashing lights, according to Cal Poly spokesperson Matt Lazier.

He adds that the university continues to discuss whether to add more options to help drivers who have not checked the height of their trucks before attempting to drive through the area.