Driver gets semi-truck stuck under bridge, flees scene

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A semi-truck got stuck under a bridge just south of downtown Fort Wayne Sunday night. 

Police said the crash happened around 10:20 p.m. 

The driver appeared to be heading south on Fairfield when he or she crashed into a bridge between Hendricks and Bass streets. 

Police said the driver must have ignored signs warning of the bridge’s low clearance before getting wedged underneath it.

Officers said it’s not clear if the driver was hurt because he or she left the scene before they arrived. 

The semi-truck’s trailer had heavy damage to the roof, causing it to cave in toward the front. 

It was hauling onions, so police called the health department to notify them of the crash, which could have sent debris flying onto the produce. 

It took wrecker and fire department crews more than an hour and a half to pull the truck and trailer out from under the bridge. 

They declared the road safe to travel after that.

Norfolk Southern also sent a bridge investigator out to make sure it was still safe for trains to use. 

Marcos Espinosa owns a building near where the crash happened. He said trucks get stuck in the underpass frequently. 

“This is honestly about a once a month deal,” Espinosa said. “I’ve owned this building now for three years, and I see this on a pretty regular basis.”

Espinosa expressed frustration with how often crashes like this happen. 

“No one seems to really want to read signs,” he explained. “It’s marked in three places coming down [Fairfield Avenue]. It just takes time to clean up, and it’s a pain in the butt to deal with honestly.”

It’s not clear who the driver worked for or if he or she will be charged for leaving the scene. 

The incident is under investigation.

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