Stuck truck closes lanes on Peace Street in downtown Raleigh

From staff reportsOctober 10, 2013 

— For the sixth time in six years, a tractor-trailer truck got jammed under the railroad bridge over Peace Street on the north side of downtown Thursday morning.

The accident closed the westbound lanes of Peace Street for more than three hours and reduced eastbound traffic to one lane during the morning commute. The street was reopened by 9 a.m.

Police said the truck, driven by James Steven Waldo of Simpsonville, S.C., had to be unloaded so it could be moved from under the bridge. Waldo was driving 25 mph at the time of the crash. A police report estimates the damage to the bridge at $5,000.

City spokeswoman Jayne Kirkpatrick says six trucks have gotten stuck under the railroad bridge in the last six years, despite warning signs with flashing lights that indicate the bridge height is 12 feet 4 inches.

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