Drivers could be held liable if truck damages bridge underpass

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A big rig got stuck under a bridge in downtown Springfield last Friday, an accident that has happened there before.  

The tractor-trailer driver could lose their job and be held liable if their trucks damage a bridge.

Crews had to remove an 18 wheeler that got caught under the Arch Bridge on Main Street Friday afternoon.

Related Headline: Truck gets stuck under bridge on Main Street in Springfield

Most bridges that pass over streets like the one on Main Street have signs that tell tractor-trailer drivers if their truck can pass. The clearance for the Arch bridge is 12 feet 7 inches.

United Tractor Trailer Driving School teachers in Holyoke tell their students to always be aware of these signs and not rely on the GPS.

Instructor Michael Payne explained, “They are responsible, not the GPS. a lot of them still utilize the GPS as the main mode of getting around. And all these bridges, it’s clearly marked.”

Springfield DPW Director Chris Cignoli told 22News the Arch Bridge on Main Street is owned by Amtrak, so they would perform an inspection of the bridge after any tractor-trailer accident.

Payne said if a truck driver isn’t sure whether they can pass under a bridge, they should put on their four-way flashers and call the authorities to help turn them around.

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