Pennsylvania police say that a truck driver suspected that his rig was too tall to pass under a railroad overpass but decided to give it a try anyway, causing significant damage to his truck.
Truck Driver Led Astray By Coworker, GPS
The incident happened yesterday just after 1:30 pm. in Upper Macungie. Connecticut-based truck driver Rifet Jasarevic, 48, was behind the wheel headed east on Schantz Road when he came upon the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge overpass. The overpass was clearly marked with signs warning drivers about an 11’6″ height restriction.
Police say that Jasarevic told them that he knew his 13’8″ rig would not fit under the overpass. According to Upper Mancugie Police Officer Robert Djevharian, “Jasarevic reported that, while he saw the signs and knew that his truck was well over [the 11-foot-6 height restriction], he called a coworker, who said he could fit … Jasarevic also mentioned that he was following the directions of his GPS.”
Jasarevic decided to try to fit his rig under the overpass, causing damage to both his tractor and trailer.
No one was injured in the incident.
Police cited Jasarevic for ignoring the height restriction.
Local officials will inspect the overpass for structural damage.
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