MONCTON, N.B. — For six hours, the latest tractor-trailer to become jammed under the CN Subway overpass on Moncton’s Main Street was held firm — along with city traffic.
The crash marked at least the seventh time this year a large vehicle has been wedged under the low overpass in question. So far this year, tractor trailers, heavy equipment towed on flatbed trailers, a cube van and a large camper have snagged the bridge.
Yesterday’s victim was heading west through the downtown despite Main Street being clearly marked as a no-trucking route. Its driver either failed to notice or ignored a government-standard placard erected directly on the bridge that showed a truck with a red circle around it and a slash through it – the universal symbol for the phrase No Trucks Allowed.
The roof fairing on the tractor was shredded as it collided with the subway and the trailer was peeled like a banana.
The abused subway has made out much better than some highway overpasses. Last month a piece of heavy equipment failed to clear a brand new overpass on the yet-to-be-open Moncton-to-Fredericton highway. That overpass had to be destroyed and will eventually be rebuilt.
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